Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin announced that Oscar Muralles (aka Walter Muralles, age 38), with a last known address of 99 Penn Street, Providence, was sentenced Thursday to 50 years, with 35 years to serve, for child molestation. In addition, Muralles was ordered to have no contact with the victim or any child under the age of 14, must undergo sex offender counseling and registration and community notification upon release.
Muralles was previously found guilty by a jury in a trial before Superior Court Justice Robert D. Krause in February of two counts of first degree child molestation and two counts of second degree child molestation.
During the course of the trial, the State proved beyond a reasonable doubt that Muralles molested a young boy known to him on multiple occasions when the victim was between eight and nine years old. The victim initially disclosed the molestation to his mother, who reported it to the Providence Police.
"This case is a keen example of the excellent work of our Child Abuse Unit in successfully prosecuting cases of child molestation. The multidisciplinary approach our prosecutors and victim advocates engage in, from the initial interview to working closely with Day One, the Child Protection Program at Hasbro Children's Hospital, DCYF and the police, minimizes the trauma a child victim must endure reliving the molestation and abuse," said Attorney General Peter F. Kilmartin.
Providence Police Detective Christopher Rotella led the investigation and Special Assistant Attorney General Alison DeCosta, a member of the Attorney General's Child Abuse Unit, prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.