Week that was

Week that was

City loses suit in Carvalho's wrongful death

The city came out on the losing end of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Maria Carvalho, 53, the Pawtucket resident who bled to death as she waited for an ambulance to arrive back in 2007.

A Supeior Court judge issued a judgment of $1.5 million against Pawtucket finding that the city was negligent and did not properly train staff.

Carvalho's husband and neighbor called 911 three times, but the Pawtucket dispatch service failed to get the ambulance to the victim for 18 minutes.

The suit claimed that Carvalho would have lived had the ambulance been properly dispatched.

Pastor gets 18 years for molestation violation

Attorney General Peter Kilmartin announced last Wednesday that Superior Court Magistrate John McBurney III sentenced Julio Alicea, a Pawtucket pastor, to 18 years in prison for a violation of his probation stemming from a 1992 child molestation conviction. Alicea, age 70, has a last known address of 213 Hunt Street in Central Falls.

Alicea was charged in May with two counts of second degree child molestation after a 10-year victim reported that Alicea molested her while playing hide and seek. Alicea reported his occupation as a pastor at the Iglesia Pentostal Jesucristo Roca Eterna Church in Pawtucket, according to a news release from Kilmartin's office.

During the one-day violation hearing, the state proved that Alicea failed to keep the peace and be of good behavior, conditions of his probation, when he molested the young girl.

Alicea was convicted of multiple counts of first degree child molestation in 1992 and was sentenced to 30 years with 12 to serve and 18 suspended with probation.

"As a pastor, Alicea portrayed himself as a man of faith and honor, yet he was far from that," said Kilmartin in a statement. "He used his position of trust in the community to engage in his continued pattern of criminal behavior, molesting young victims. I commend this young victim for her strength in coming forward to stop this man from hurting another child."

Special Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Child Abuse Unit Shannon Signore handled the case for the Office of Attorney General.

Andreozzi guilty of harassing family

Barrington Police Sgt. Joseph Andreozzi, a Pawtucket resident, was found guilty by a Providence County Superior Court jury of obstruction of the judicial system and domestic cyberstalking after threatening his ex-wife and children.

"As a police officer, sworn to uphold the law at all times, the defendant has a moral, ethical and legal obligation to conduct himself with the highest standard of integrity, which he clearly failed to do," said Attorney General Peter Kilmartin in a statement. "Moreover, it is abhorrent that the defendant would obstruct his fellow officers from doing their jobs in conducting this investigation."

Andreozzi's trial was presided over by Superior Court Justice Susan McGuirl. Asst. Attorney General Stephen Regine and Special Asst. Attorney General Kate Brody prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General.

The maximum penalty on the obstruction of the judicial system, a felony, is five years. The maximum penalty on the cyberstalking, a misdemeanor, is one year.

A motion for new trial is scheduled for Friday, Aug. 2. A date for sentencing has not been scheduled, according to the Office of the Attorney General.

Andreozzi remains out on bail, but McGuirl amended the conditions to his bail to include: increased bail to $10,000 with surety; no contact with the victim; restricted travel to within the state; and no access to firearms.

Police arrest five in prostitution sting

Officers from the Pawtucket Police Department arrested five women following a weeks-long undercover investigation.

Police had been receiving complaints from the public and observed for themselves that there has been an increase in the amount of prostitution in the Dexter Street area. Detectives went out the morning of July 17 and observed illegal activity. Five women, Diana Szczepanek, Fernanda Landim, Holly Martins, Eugenia Gomes and Kerri Moul, were all arrested for soliciting an undercover police officer.

All of the women were brought to District Court on July 17 and each was charged with loitering for prostitution.