OAKLAND — A Rhode Island man was sentenced to 10 years in jail Thursday for sexual on-line chats with a 13-year-old lady from Contra Costa, which included exchanges of nude images.
A surprising reality was revealed in court docket information main as much as the sentence: the sufferer within the case was discovered to have had related conversations with others, together with a Washington man who can also be being prosecuted in federal court docket.
In a plea settlement with federal prosecutors, Woonsocket, RI resident Jeffrey Provost, 47, was given the 10-year federal jail time period in change for pleading responsible to little one enticement, against the law that carries a most penalty of life in jail. Provost had additionally been charged with two different counts: sending and receiving little one porn, however these costs had been dismissed within the deal.
The deal additionally requires Provost to register as a intercourse offender and spend a number of years on federal probation after his launch.
Along with the nude photograph exchanging, Provost was discovered to have had graphic conversations with the younger lady. When she instructed him she was turning 14 quickly, he responded with, “that requires birthday intercourse,” in line with prosecutors. Later, when authorities interviewed him, he had a proof for the conduct.
“I’m an (expletive),” Provost mentioned, utilizing a synonym for “jerk,” in line with a prosecution memo. He later mentioned he needed to apologize to the lady.
Investigators grew to become conscious of Provost final yr, following a tip from Fb that he’d been having sexually express chats with a lady who resides in Contra Costa County. Police interviewed the lady, who was 13 on the time, and located proof Provost had been asking her for sexually express movies of herself and sending nude movies and photos to her.
Provost’s attorneys argued that Provost was a heavy drinker and that contributed to his poor judgement. They wrote in a memo Provost desires to “discover work so he can start to compensate the minor for the harm he has prompted her.”
In the middle of the investigation, they found the lady had despatched nude images of herself to 9 Fb accounts. Seven of these had been to customers overseas, and two — together with Provost — had been in america, in line with a protection memo.
One other man, Tacoma, Washington resident Paul Bergin, faces related costs linked to the identical lady. He allegedly acquired nude images of the lady after she instructed him she was 13, and despatched her movies of himself masturbating, in line with court docket information.