Former Woonsocket man pleads guilty to child molestation and sexual assault

Former Woonsocket man pleads guilty to child molestation and sexual assault

WOONSOCKET – A man who police say molested his young relative from the time the girl was 13 to 16 years old was sentenced to 50 years, with 15 to serve after pleading guilty to six counts of second degree child molestation, five counts of first degree sexual assault and one count of indecent solicitation of a minor.

Stephen Melise, 42, who reportedly lived in Woonsocket at the time of the incidents and has a last known address in Warwick, pleaded guilty before Superior Court Magistrate John F. McBurney and received a plea agreement.

Under the terms of the agreement, Melise was sentenced to a total of 50 years, with 15 to serve and the remainder suspended with probation. In addition, Melise was ordered to have no contact with the two girls police identified as his victims, ordered to undergo sex offender counseling, and is subjected to lifetime sex offender registration and community notification.

According to a release from the Attorney General's office, if the case had proceeded to trial, the state was prepared to prove that Melise molested one young girl, to whom he was related, from the time the girl was 13 to 16 years of age. The girl reported the abuse to her mother, who reported it to the Woonsocket Police.

Police say Melise also attempted to solicit another young girl, age 12, who was related to the other victim.

Woonsocket Police Detective Ronald Marcos and Detective Sgt. Matt Ryan led the investigation. Special Assistant Attorney General and Chief of the Child Abuse Unit Shannon Signore prosecuted the case on behalf of the Office of Attorney General