Pawtucket's Jensen pleads guilty to burglary, molestation

Pawtucket's Jensen pleads guilty to burglary, molestation

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced this week Santo Jensen, 25, with a last known address of 55 Appleton Ave., Pawtucket, pleaded nolo contendere before Superior Court Justice Sarah Taft-Carter to one count of burglary, breaking and entering, and first degree child molestation. Jenson was sentenced to 35 years, with 18 to serve and 17 suspended with probation, lifetime sex offender registration and GPS monitoring, sex offender counseling during and post incarceration. He was ordered to have no contact with the victim.

Had the case proceeded to trial, state prosecutors say they were prepared to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that on May 30, 2010, Jensen broke into a house in Pawtucket where he molested a six-year-old girl. During the course of the investigation, it was determined that after the molestation, Jensen gave the girl a packet of gum. Pawtucket Police detectives seized the packet of gum to process for fingerprints. Two partial prints were discovered and submitted to the Attorney General Bureau of Criminal Identification for examination, which revealed that they belong to the defendant.

The victim later identified the defendant as the assailant from a photo array.

“There may be nothing more frightening than a stranger who breaks into your home at night and does the unspeakable to an innocent child," said Kilmartin in a statement. "I commend the Pawtucket Police for the excellent investigative work in finding this predator, as well as providing a safe and comforting environment for the victim to share the information they needed to arrest him."

Pawtucket Police Detectives Donna Joyal and Donti Rosciti led the investigation. Special Assistant Attorneys General Ania Zielinski and Charles Calenda prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.