LINCOLN, R.I. (WPRI) — Five men were taken into custody at Lincoln Woods State Park Friday after members of the Rhode Island State Police said they were assaulted twice by the men and propositioned for sexual acts.
State Police and the Department of Environmental Management announced the arrests of William F. Achille, 79, of North Providence, John C. Tammelleo, 79, of Providence, Roger T. Morin, 69, of Woonsocket, David J. Calewa, 47, of Coventry, and John J. Cote, 43, of Seekonk, Mass.
Troopers reported the activity occurred within a short distance from families and other visitors enjoying the park.
State Police said the investigation began after they received numerous complaints about the suspects engaging in sexual activity at the park and soliciting visitors for sexual acts.
All five suspects were charged with disorderly conduct and loitering for indecent purposes, while Achille and Calewa were also charged with simple assault. They were arraigned at the Lincoln Woods Barracks and released on $1,000 personal recognizance.
In a statement, State Police Col. Steven O’Donnell said ““the State Police will continue to be vigilant in patrolling all state parks to curb any abhorrent behavior. We want all citizens to enjoy the parks and those who decide to conduct perverted behavior in these areas will be arrested and prosecuted. Members of the public are encouraged to report all inappropriate behavior anywhere in the state including the state’s many recreational areas by dialing *77 which will route your call to the nearest State Police Barracks.”