High-risk sex offender released from prison and living in Bristol, police tell community

BRISTOL, R.I (WLNE) – A level three sex offender has been released from prison and is living in the town of Bristol, police said in a notice to residents Wednesday.

Bristol Police notified the community that 63-year-old Richard Perry completed registration as a level III sex offender and is living at an address in town.

Perry, a former youth sports coach and employee of the school department, pled no contest to three counts of second-degree child molestation for molesting 3 boys from 1999-2003.

According to the Attorney General’s office at the time, the state was prepared to prove that between 1999 and 2003 Perry had molested a boy he met through the Bristol Youth Athletic programs from the time the child was 9-years-old to age 13.

State prosecutors also said Perry molested a 12-year-old boy in 2001, and the same year molested a 13-year-old while he was working as a custodian at Kickemuit Middle School in Warren.

In January of 2015, Perry was sentenced to 30 years in prison with 10 years to serve. Perry was released this month after accruing time for good behavior and time worked. According to the Department of Corrections, Perry was imprisoned back in 2012 while awaiting trial, and that time was used towards his sentence.

Perry’s brother, Jesse Perry, was also sentenced in 2015. He received life in prison for molestation charges.

Those living in the neighborhood where Perry moved to said they were notified by police this week, and said Perry is living with his stepfather.

“He knows what the rules are, and if he stays by the rules, I’m fine with it,” said Steve Grimo who lives a few doors down. “There are kids that live right next door to him. Their parents should be concerned. My children are all older, they’re grown, they’re adults.”

Grimo said the man who owns the home has always been a good neighbor, and those living on the street hope there aren’t any issues.

“It was a little concerning, but, you know, it is what it is. That’s the law, and that’s what we’re going by,” Grimo said. “He did a bad thing, he served his time, he’s out. Nothing I can do about it.”

Bristol Police said they’ve received some phone calls of concern from residents but no problems have been reported.

As part of the community notification process, the Bristol Police Department also notified the Bristol/Warren School Department, Roger Williams University and local youth programs of Perry’s new residence.

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