Portsmouth man charged with child molestation

John E. Tingstad John E. Tingstad

PORTSMOUTH — A local man was charged with first-degree child molestation Wednesday after he allegedly had sex with a 13-year-old girl, according to police.

John E. Tingstad

John E. Tingstad

John E. Tingstad, 26, of 20 Attleboro Ave., Portsmouth, was arrested at his home Wednesday morning after police obtained a warrant.

On Saturday, March 29, at 11:10 p.m., police observed Mr. Tingstad and a female in a vehicle parked on the grassy area of the Common Fence Point playground, according to police. Police investigated and observed Mr. Tingstad and a Fall River female inside, police said, adding that girl identified herself as being 13 years old.

An investigation was conducted by members of the detective division, which revealed that Mr. Tingstad had had sexual intercourse with the girl, police said.

Mr. Tingstad was arrested at home Wednesday at 8:30 p.m. after detectives obtained an affidavit warrant. He was held overnight at the police station and arraigned today in Second Division District Court in Newport, where he was ordered held without bail.

The case will now be referred to the R.I. Attorney General’s Office.

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