A former Warwick resident who authorities say recorded himself raping an unconscious minor and possessed one of the largest collections of child pornography ever found in Rhode Island has been sentenced to 40 years in federal prison.
James Monroe, 54, received the sentence Aug. 22 before U.S. District Court Chief Judge William E. Smith. He pleaded guilty to child pornography possession and production charges earlier this year. Once his prison term concludes, he will be subject to lifetime supervised release.
According to the office of U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Monroe has been in federal custody since his May 2016 arrested by Homeland Security Investigations agents and members of the Rhode Island State Police Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. A search warrant executed at Monroe’s residence that date uncovered “tens of thousands of images and nearly a thousand videos containing child pornography.”
The videos, according to authorities, including recordings of Monroe “repeatedly raping an unconscious minor child.” Those videos are said to depict at least 19 separate incidents of rape that occurred over at least three years.
“Monroe was also found to be in possession of a manifesto for pedophiles titled, ‘How to Practice Child Love,’ created to teach pedophiles how to find, isolate, molest, and rape children and not get caught,” reads a statement from Weisman’s office.
“The abhorrent conduct of this man and others like him who abuse and exploit children more than justifies the 40 years in federal prison the court sentenced this defendant to serve,” Weisman said in the statement. “Federal, state, and local law enforcement and prosecutors will continue to tirelessly work as a team to use every resource available to identify and rescue victims of exploitation and to hold those responsible accountable.”
A Warwick man who authorities allege befriended a 15-year-old girl from Michigan on social media before helping her run away from home has been charged with interstate travel to engage in sexual activity with a minor and receipt of child pornography.
Charles Morancey, 43, has been in the custody on Rhode Island State Police since his Aug. 6 arrest by Warwick Police. That was four days after Morancey allegedly drove to the girl’s home in Michigan to pick her up and bring her back to Rhode Island.
According to the office of U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman, Morancey “engaged in illicit sexual activity” with the girl both during the trip and at his residence.
Morancey is alleged to have initiated communications with the girl in mid-July.
“When the girl expressed that she was experiencing difficulties at home, it is alleged that Morancey helped her devise a plan to run away from home, prevent her parents from accessing her social media accounts, and avoid being contacted or located by them,” a statement from Weisman’s office reads.
It later continues: “It is alleged the two exchanged sexually explicit comments through social media, and that the 15 year-old sent Morancey sexually explicit photographs.”
Morancey was identified after authorities in Michigan obtained an emergency search warrant for the girl’s Instagram account on Aug. 6. It was determined she had logged into her account from an IP address in Rhode Island that belongs to Morancey.
Warwick Police subsequently responded to Morancey’s home, where the girl was located. Morancey was arrested later that day as a result of a motor vehicle stop.
Shortly before 5 p.m. on Aug. 16, Officer Anthony J. D’Abrosca responded to the area of the Buttonwoods One Stop convenience store at 214 Buttonwoods Ave. for a report of a disturbance. Dispatch advised that a woman in a silver Dodge vehicle had reportedly been harassing another person at the scene.
D’Abrosca observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect’s take a right onto West Shore Road from Buttonwoods Avenue without using a turn signal. He also identified the vehicle as having been involved in an earlier disturbance at a Dunkin’ Donuts.
D’Abrosca initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the operator and passengers, one of who matched the description of the suspect. The operator is said to have acknowledged that the passenger had been involved in an altercation at the Buttonwoods One Stop and “that a sandwich was thrown during the argument.”
D’Abrosca then spoke with the suspect, who is said to have acknowledged arguing with another person at the convenience store and to spitting and throwing a sandwich at that person’s vehicle.
Other officers then responded to the scene of the vehicle stop, at which point Skyla Raine Gilroy, 18, 18 Alhambra Circle, Cranston, was arrested on a charge of disorderly conduct. She was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing and later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.
Shortly before 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 20, Officer Ben L. Bratko responded to a Fairfax Drive home for a report of larceny.
At the scene, the reporting party told Bratko that minutes earlier, she had discovered a large central air conditioning unit was missing from her backyard. The unit – which the reporting party had last seen around Aug. 6 – was valued at approximately $5,000.
The reporting party told Bratko that a neighbor had sent her security camera footage from the afternoon of Aug. 14. The footage contained images of a possible suspect, the reporting party said. The matter was forwarded to detectives.
At approximately 4:11 p.m. on Aug. 16, Officer Zachary J. Black responded to the Walmart location at 840 Post Road for a report of a shoplifting incident in progress.
At the scene, loss prevention manager at the store directed Black to a woman suspected of shoplifting. Black observed the woman exit the store with a shopping cart full of merchandise.
Black then made contact with the woman and directed her to the store’s loss prevention office, where she was placed under arrest for suspicion of shoplifting.
According to the loss prevention manager, the woman was observed selecting multiple items throughout the store – with a combined value of more than $100 – and substitute their UPC codes for those affixed to less expensive items. The woman was then observed going through the self-checkout line, scanning and paying for the items at the lower, incorrect prices.
Doris Lizarda, 32, 1248 Elmwood Ave., Providence, was charged with shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.
At approximately 3:15 p.m. on Aug. 21, Officer Brian J. Holleran responded to the Lenscrafters location at Warwick Mall for a report of a shoplifting suspect in the custody of mall security.
At the scene, Holleran spoke with the on-duty manager of the Lenscrafters. The manager said that shortly after 2:30 p.m. that day, a man and woman entered the store and began browsing the frames on display. The man was then observing dropping several frames on the ground and dropping one into his bag as he picked them up.
The man left the store and mall security was called. The man was later located and taken into custody by security in the parking lot. According to the Lenscrafters manager, found in his possession were the frames he had been seen putting into a bag as well as three frames that his companion was seen taking from the store during a review of security camera footage.
Casey Blanchard, 33, 385 Washington St., Apt. 2, West Warwick, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and additionally taken into custody on an active arrest warrant issued from Westerly Police. He was transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing.
Just before 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 23, Officer Oliver M. Pinheiro responded to the Stop & Shop location at 2470 Warwick Ave. for a report of shoplifting. Dispatch advised that loss prevention personnel at the store had a suspect in custody.
Upon arrival, Pinheiro spoke with a loss prevention associate at the store, who said he had observed a woman select approximately $327 worth of products from the store. The woman then scanned only $27 worth of products in a self-checkout line and exited the store without paying for the rest of the items. At that point, she was met by loss prevention personnel and escorted back into the store.
Patricia A. Franklin, 55, 55 Bethel St., Warwick, was arrested on a charge of shoplifting and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. She was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court.
Just before 8 a.m. on Aug. 24, Officer Christopher R. Cote was conducting a speeding detail on Airport Road when he observed a black 2014 Hyundai traveling east at approximately 62 mph.
Cote initiated a motor vehicle stop and made contact with the operator. A subsequent records check found the operator’s license was suspended and that he had two previous convictions for driving with a suspended license.
Keywion A. Brown, 30, 5 Salisbury St., Apt. 2, Providence, was arrested on a charge of driving with a suspended license, third or subsequent offense, and transported to Warwick Police headquarters for processing. He was later released with a summons to appear in Third Division District Court and a citation for speeding.