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Warwick Man Detained in Federal Custody on Enticement and Obscenity Charges

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, District of Rhode Island

PROVIDENCE, RI – A U.S. District Court magistrate judge in Providence has ordered a Rhode Island man detained in federal custody following his arrest on charges that he allegedly attempted to entice an 11-year-old New Jersey girl to engage in sexual activity and that he allegedly transmitted obscene material to the girl, announced United States Attorney Zachary A. Cunha.

According to charging documents, it is alleged that Jeffrey Locke Slinn, 42, used multiple online accounts and logins to communicate with numerous underage girls. It is alleged that beginning in July 2023, Slinn engaged in a series of sexually explicit online communications with an 11-year-old girl in New Jersey, attempting to entice her to engage in sexual conduct, and that he exchanged sexually explicit images and videos with her.

Slinn was arrested on October 26, 2023, charged by way of a federal criminal complaint with attempted enticement of a minor and transfer of obscene material to a minor. He made an initial appearance in U.S. District Court in Providence on Friday and was ordered detained in federal custody.

A federal criminal complaint is merely an accusation. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorney Julie M. White, with the assistance of Assistant U.S. Attorney John P. McAdams.

The matter was investigated by the FBI, the Ocean Township, New Jersey, Police Department, and the Warwick, Rhode Island, Police Department.   

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Contact

Jim Martin

(401) 709-5357

Updated October 30, 2023

Topic
Project Safe Childhood
Press Release Number: 23-110