R.I. Human Services employee arrested for child solicitation
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) - Rhode Island State Police (RISP) say they arrested a Rhode Island Department of Human Services (DHS) employee for child solicitation.
Dennis J. Lopes, 64, of Hope, R.I., was arrested Friday Nov. 8 after an investigation was launched for someone allegedly sending indecent sexual material to a person they believed to be 14-years-old, according to RISP.
As a result of the investigation, members of RISP were able to identify Lopes after he arrived to meet the teen at a predetermined location in Warwick.
Lopes is currently employed as a Senior Resource Specialist with the individual Family Support Services section of the DHS, according to RISP.
As soon as DHS was notified of the arrest, Lopes was placed on administrative leave, Brenna McCabe, spokesperson for the R.I. Department of Administration said.
"Part of the job of a senior resource specialist at DHS is to be in customers’ homes to inspect weatherization work being performed by contractors and vendors," McCabe said. "It is required that a homeowner or adult over the age of 18 must be present for inspections of work in progress and upon completion of the work."
Lopes is facing two counts of Indecent Solicitation of a child and one count of Electronically Disseminating Indecent Material to a minor.
Lopes was arraigned on Friday at the State Police Wickford Barracks and released on $10,000 personal recognizance.
Lopes is scheduled for a bail review at Kent County District Court on Dec. 3.