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RI Man pleads guilty to child molestation

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By Jennifer Petracca


A former Woonsocket man pleaded guilty to child molestation and sexual assault charges.

Stephen Melise, 42, formerly from Woonsocket, pleaded guilty before Superior Court to six counts of second degree child molestation, five counts of first degree sexual assault, and one count of indecent solicitation of a minor.

A young girl and relative of Melise was molested from the ages of 13-16, and reported the abuse to her mother who reported it to Woonsocket Police. He also attempted to solicit another young girl, age 12, a relative of the first victim.

Melise was sentenced to 50 years, with 15 to serve and the remainder suspended with probation.

Melise was ordered to have no contact with the two victims and to undergo sex offender counseling. He is also subjected to lifetime sex offender registration and community notification.

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