Police arrested the Patriots mascot, Robert M. Sormanti, age 47,of Warwick, after he answered an online ad which advertised sex fora fee. The ad was placed by an undercover officer.
Patriots spokesperson Stacey James issued the followingstatement on Sormanti's arrest:
“The Pat Patriot mascot costume is worn by multiplepeople, each of whom are held responsible and accountable for theiractions. The individual in question has been suspended. The mascotresponsibilities will continue to be fulfilled byothers.”
Policesay all the arrests were made after several undercover stingoperations of the recently amended Prostitution and Lewdness law,which bans indoor prostitution.
The first two stings involved online and newspaper ads offeringsexual acts for a fee at Providence and Warwick hotels. Thesuspects agreed to perform sexual acts for a fee and werearrested.
The following six females were arrested on prostitutioncharges:
1. Katelynne Pegg, age 18, of Taunton, Massachusetts.
2. Charlenne Lavasseur, age 48, of Cranston, Rhode Island.
3. Christine Aurelio, age 29, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
4. Nicole Moyniham, age 22, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
5. Jessica A. Neves, age 22, of East Providence, RhodeIsland.
6. Jane Doe, age 17, a juvenile.
Authorities performed two more undercover operations at hotelsin Johnston, R.I., where an undercover officer placed onlineadvertisements for sex, in an attempt to attract ”Johns."
The following eight men were arrested on prostitution chargesrelated to the stings.
1. Antonio F. Lima, age 59, of Seekonk, Massachusetts;
2. Ahmed Farhane, age 33, of Pawtucket, Rhode Island;
3. Steven Jobe, age 54, of Providence, Rhode Island.
4. Robert C. McVey, age 56, of South Kingstown.
5. Robert M. Sormanti, age 47, of Warwick, Rhode Island (Patthe Patriots' mascot)
6. Kenneth Stiles, age 47, of Fall River, Massachusetts.
7. William Lee, age 43, of Lincoln, Rhode Island.
8. Daniel Fleming, age 38, of Warwick, Rhode Island.
Everyone was arrested and released on personal recognizance.
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