Former RI Crackhead Councilman Busted Again-This Time on Child Molestation

You may remember embattled former Cranston City Councilman Matthew Reilly’s high-profile arrest for drug possession last month. He was arrested in May and charged with drug possession after someone spotted him passed out in his car.

Now Reilly has been arrested again, this time facing charges of sexual assault and child molestation of a 12-year-old girl.

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Reilly, 41, was taken into custody Thursday morning by Cranston Police in North Kingstown and was promptly arraigned and ordered held without bail.

Court records show the former councilman is facing three counts: first-degree child molestation sexual assault, second-degree child molestation sexual assault, and enticement of a person under 16. Police allege the charges stem from an incident that occurred on May 3.

Matthew Reilly

Reilly’s arrest warrant comes after the legal guardian of a 12-year-old girl unrelated to Reilly filed a complaint with the police.

According to a press release from the Cranston Police Department, On June 8, officers with Cranston Police and the North Kingstown Police Department responded to Reilly’s home in the 20 block of Delwood Street, where they executed an arrest warrant on the former local politician.

Police say the investigation into Reilly’s alleged unlawful actions towards the juvenile victim began about a week before he was arrested in connection with the crack-smoking incident.

Police said that the legal guardian of a 12-year-old girl on May 7 filed a complaint at police headquarters concerning Reilly’s conduct with the child. Authorities noted that Reilly is not related to the alleged victim.

Detectives with the CPD Special Victim’s Unit and investigators with the Office of the Rhode Island Attorney General subsequently opened an investigation into the allegations.

Providence, Rhode Island, CBS affiliate WPRI-TV reported that the alleged unlawful conduct occurred on May 3. Still, police have repeatedly declined to provide any additional information regarding the underlying conduct from which the charges stem.

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Reilly was taken into custody without incident on Thursday and charged with one count each of first-degree child molestation, second-degree child molestation, and enticement of a person under 16.

Reilly appeared in Third District Magistrate Court for his arraignment before Magistrate Judge Joseph Ippolito, who ordered him held without bond pending a competency hearing.

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