ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Community Calendar

Westerly-Pawcatuck Farmers Market
10 a.m. - 1 p.m. Westerly

Community Artists Program
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Charlestown

E-Reader Help
10 a.m. - Noon Charlestown

Drop-in Knitting Club
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Charlestown

Book Discussion Group
1 p.m. - 2 p.m. Charlestown

Classic Car Cruise Nights
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. Misquamicut

Misquamicut Drive-In Movie
9 p.m. - 10:30 p.m. Misquamicut

Westerly Land Trust Summer Paddles- Potter Hill to Westerly Landing
9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Westerly

... View all of today's events


Stay Connected
Friends to Follow


ADVERTISEMENT


Man sentenced to 18 years on child molestation charges


WAKEFIELD — An incarcerated former North Kingstown man who pleaded no contest to three counts of first-degree child molestation and one count of second-degree child molestation in 2012 at a Hope Valley campground has been sentenced to 18 years in prison.

Ronald W. Sanford, 40, who has been at the Adult Correctional Institutions since his arrest in January 2013, was sentenced by Judge Melanie Thunberg last month in Washington County Superior Court. Sanford was initially charged by Hopkinton police with four counts of first-degree child molestation and five counts of second-degree child molestation

Hopkinton police determined the incidents with a boy occurred between April 2010 and June 2011. In 2012, North Kingstown police received a complaint from the boy who reported that his foster father’s friend, Sanford, had molested him during a two-year period.

The boy told Hopkinton police he had been “sexually molested on several occasions by his foster father (now deceased) and his roommate, Ronald Sanford, beginning in the spring/summer of 2010 through the summer of 2011 when he was removed by the Department of Children, Youth and Families. The victim told police the abuse began at age 12 when he entered Sanford’s camper at the Whispering Pines campground and told him he was ‘gay.’ He claimed that within a few days of that meeting, the ‘inappropriate’ acts began.”

In exchange for Sanford’s guilty plea, one charge of first-degree molestation and three charges of second-degree child molestation were dismissed. He was ordered to have no contact with the child.

On the three counts of first-degree child molestation, Sanford was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 18 to serve and the balance of the sentence suspended with probation.

On the one count of second-degree child molestation, he was sentenced to 30 years in prison, with 18 to serve and the balance suspended with probation. The terms will run concurrently.

He received a 22-year suspended sentence, with 22 years of probation, on each of the first-degree molestation convictions and was ordered to register as a sex offender, seek counseling and pay court costs.



Back to LatestNews
Top Stories of the Week

O’Loughlin suit set to go to trial in September …
PROVIDENCE — A federal jury will decide whether three Westerly police officers are responsible for the 2011 death of a Mystic man who died about … more ...

9 arrested, 22 cited in North Stonington spot check …
NORTH STONINGTON — State troopers arrested nine people and cited 22 others following a concentrated enforcement Saturday along Route 2. Connecticut State Police said the … more ...

Councilor seeks review of Ritacco’s actions on zoning board …
WESTERLY — A member of the Town Council is asking the council to initiate proceedings aimed at removing Zoning Board of Review Chairman Robert Ritacco … more ...

Police logs: Tuesday, June 30, 2015 …
Westerly Jane M. Haubner, 66, of 107 Brookside Ave., Apt. 8, Pawcatuck, was charged Friday on a bench warrant issued from 4th District Court. Leonidas … more ...

Stonington High alumnus Toole plays NBA draft pick for a …
STONINGTON — Stonington High School graduate Connor Toole became an NBA draftee last week, but not exactly. An editor and comedy writer for Elite Daily, … more ...

Comments