East Greenwich dentist indicted, accused of sex acts with boy

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JAMESTOWN, R.I. (WPRI) — A statewide grand jury this week handed out an indictment, charging a Jamestown woman with four counts of first-degree child molestation.

According to a release from the Rhode Island Attorney General’s office, Maria Asciolla, 57, is accused of engaging in sexual acts with a male victim under the age of 14.

Jamestown Police Chief Edward Mello confirmed Asciolla is a dentist in East Greenwich.

When Eyewitness News went by Asciolla’s office Thursday, an unidentified woman was seen outside using bolt cutters to remove a sign that read “Asciolla Family Dentistry” from the building.

Eyewitness News called the number affiliated with the practice and learned it was renamed to “East Greenwich Family Dental.”

One of Asciolla’s patients tells Eyewitness News he was shocked to hear about the allegations.

“Something seemed off sometimes with the way she interacted with the children, but this is not what I expected,” he said. “Obviously she’s sick and the child is going to suffer for years.”

Jamestown Police Department investigated the incidents which, according to the release, happened between Nov. 24, 2016 and Sept. 29, 2018.

Chief Mello said the investigation began 18 months ago.

Mello said Asciolla has not been arrested and has been directed to turn herself in for arraignment on Nov. 21 in Newport County Superior Court.

Police in Jamestown are also investigating another child abuse case that involves someone she is closely connected to.

This story was edited from its original version to correct the suspect’s name, which was misspelled in the Attorney General’s initial news release.

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