PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — One of two men charged with molesting a 13-year-old boy entered a not guilty plea in court Wednesday.
Matthew Heuser, 37, of East Greenwich, was arraigned in Providence Superior Court on two counts of second-degree child molestation, conspiracy, assault with intent to commit specified felonies and aiding and abetting a criminal.
Heuser was arrested in November 2018 after police discovered he worked with another man, Anthony Cerbo, 40, of Johnston, to meet up with the boy, whom Cerbo met through an online app.
Police said Heuser picked up the boy and brought him to Cerbo’s house where the teen told investigators Cerbo had consensual sexual contact with him while Heuser watched.
According to prosecutors, Heuser then molested the boy himself before dropping him off.
Cerbo was arrested shortly after the incident after the boy’s mother filed a criminal complaint.
Both men were arraigned in Kent County District Court following the incident. Heuser was ordered held on $50,000 surety bail and Cerbo was held without bail.
Last Friday, a Providence County Grand Jury indicted both men on the charges. Heuser was ordered held on another $50,000 surety bail, with his pretrial scheduled for July 22. He was also ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Cerbo is expected to be arraigned on May 24. He is facing one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation.