Cumberland man arrested on solicitation, child porn charges

Cumberland man arrested on solicitation, child porn charges

State Police have announced the arrest of Michael Uccello, age 29, of 11 Greenview St., Cumberland, on charges of indecent solicitation of a child and possession of child pornography.

The arrest resulted from an investigation by members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit and the Rhode Island Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force. During October and November, Uccello allegedly engaged in a series of communications with a person he believed to be a 13-year-old female. The conversation quickly became sexually explicit and the individual solicited someone he believed to be the teen to engage in sexual activity.

As a result of the investigation, members of the ICAC Task Force were able to identify Uccello as the suspect, obtaining an arrest warrant and a search warrant for his home.

On Nov. 28, ICAC Task Force members executed the search warrant at 11 Greenview St., Cumberland. Uccello was located at the home. A search of his digital media devices revealed numerous files containing child pornography, according to police.

Police arrested Uccello and charged him with the indecent solicitation of a child and possession of child pornography. He was arraigned before Sixth Division District Court Judge Stephen Isherwood, who set bail at $5,000 with surety bail with special bail conditions of restricted internet access and no contact with minors.

Uccell was ordered held as a probation violator for allegedly violating the terms of his probation from a conviction in connection with a previous arrest by the ICAC Task Force in February 2017. He was ordered held at the Adult Correctional Institutions pending a hearing in Superior Court next month on the probation violation charge.

The ICAC Task Force is comprised of members of the Rhode Island State Police Computer Crimes Unit along with detectives from the Warwick Police Department, Cranston Police Department, Newport Police Department, East Providence Police Department, Pawtucket Police Department, North Kingstown Police Department, Woonsocket Police Department, and special agents from Homeland Security Investigations and United States Postal Inspection Services.