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Proving Indecent Solicitation Cases in Rhode Island: What You Need to Know

Proving Indecent Solicitation Cases in Rhode Island: What You Need to Know

Indecent solicitation is a serious offense in Rhode Island, and if you are facing charges, you need competent legal representation. Proving these cases can be difficult, because the evidence usually exists in a digital format only, like text messages or direct messages in an App. The attorneys at Manosh Payette, LLC have extensive experience challenging how prosecutors try to prove indecent solicitation cases in Rhode Island. Knowing what they are looking for can help you prepare a strong defense and protect your rights.

Evidence of solicitation

In Rhode Island, the act of asking or offering to pay for sexual acts from a minor child is enough to be charged with indecent solicitation. However, simply making an offer or asking for a sexual act may not be enough to convict someone. The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant intended to follow through with the act. Evidence that the solicitation was premeditated, such as explicit messages, can help bolster the prosecution's case.

Evidence of sexual intent

In addition to proving solicitation, the prosecutor must demonstrate that the defendant intended to engage in sexual activity. There are several types of evidence that can be used in these cases, such as a defendant's possession of explicit materials or previous history of engaging in sexual acts. However, it is important to note that neither possession of explicit material nor prior sexual activity is proof of intent. The prosecution must establish a direct connection between these facts and the alleged offense.

Testimony from the alleged victim

The testimony of the alleged victim is often crucial in indecent solicitation cases. If the minor was contacted online or through a dating app, the prosecutor may need to secure the messaging or online traces to bolster the minor's testimony. However, if the minor is not credible, the prosecution's case may suffer. This makes it crucial for defendants to have a Rhode Island criminal defense attorney who can cross-examine the alleged victim and expose any inconsistencies in their testimony.  

Witness testimony

Other witnesses can help expand a prosecutor's case. For example, additional witnesses may be able to confirm the defendant's intentions or corroboration evidence related to emotional damage to the alleged victim.

Physical evidence

Often, in indecent solicitation cases, physical evidence will be used. This may include photographs, videos, or other explicit materials. Distinguishing between the evidence of consenting parties and the evidence of the act of solicitation may be a difficult process for the prosecution and this can go to the defense's favor.  It is crucial to have an attorney that is comfortable attending evidence views and analyzing digital evidence in order to thoroughly defend you.  


Proving indecent solicitation cases in Rhode Island is a tough challenge for prosecutors. However, by understanding the types of evidence they are looking for, it is possible to prepare a strong defense. If you or a loved one is facing charges of indecent solicitation, it is crucial to seek out legal representation as soon as possible. The best advice is to contact an experienced Rhode Island criminal defense attorney; they will be able to assess your case and create a defense strategy that is designed to protect your legal rights and reduce the potential criminal consequences.  At Manosh Payette, LLC, we have the experience to confront the allegations and to challenge the constitutionality of searches and seizures.  Contact Manosh Payette, LLC, because your future deserves the best defense

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