Former school employee, youth coach charged with child molestation
On Thursday, Dec. 13, members of the major crimes, computer crimes and criminal identification units, along with the Bristol police department, arrested Richard Perry, age 55, of 50 Arlington Ave., Warren, on two counts of first-degree child molestation and two counts of second-degree child molestation.
According to Rhode Island State Police Lt. Benjamin Barney, the result of an investigation led to a Grand Jury and the attorney general's office issued an arrest warrant for Mr. Perry.
Mr. Perry was, by some accounts, a well liked and well respected coach and umpire, involved with local Pop Warner football, Bristol Little League and local AAU baseball programs.
He was also formerly employed by the Bristol Warren School District where he worked at Kickemuit Middle School as a disciplinary officer and as a school custodian.
According to Lt. Barney, the alleged assaults took place in the 1990s.
Mr. Perry was arrested at his Arlington Avenue home without incident, processed at state police headquarters and arraigned in Providence Superior Court. He is being held without bail at the ACI until his Dec. 20 court date.
Police are asking others who know of victims or are victims of Mr. Perry to contact Deputy Chief Steven Contente at the Bristol Police Department, 253-6900 or Lt. Benjamin Barney at the Rhode Island State Police at 444-1000.