Former wrestling coach sentenced for child porn

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A former wrestling coach at Moses Brown was sentenced to prison Thursday for soliciting teenage boys for pornographic purposes.

A judge sentenced Joseph Simone to 10 years with one year to serve in prison, two years to serve on home confinement, and the remainder suspended with probation under a plea agreement reached with the approval of the victims.

Simone, 25, of North Providence, pleaded no contest to charges of child pornography, indecent solicitation of a minor, extortion, and impersonating police officers.

Assistant Attorney General Ronald Gendron said Simone knew many of the boys because of his coaching position at Moses Brown, a private school on Providence’s East Side.

Simone communicated with them by posing as a teenage girl on the chat website Oovoo, according to Gendron. He said Simone would join a video chat, pretend his camera was broken, then record the explicit videos of the boys.

When the teens wanted to stop, the prosecution said he threatened to post the nude photos and videos on Facebook.

Simone is also accused of impersonating a Rhode Island State trooper during an American Idol concert at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. Gendron said he “indicated he was working a joint operation with ICE to provide security for the upcoming event.”

In addition to the sentence, Simone was ordered to register as a sex offender and undergo sex offender counseling. His access to computers and the Internet will be severely restricted for the duration of his sentence, which is scheduled to begin Jan. 16.

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