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Man facing multiple charges related to child exploitation

January 15, 2020 GMT

BURRILLVILLE, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island man is facing multiple charges related to exploiting children, police said.

Xavier Lafleur, 19, of Burrillville, was charged on Monday with indecent solicitation of a child and possession of child pornography, among other charges, said police Maj. Dennis Leahey.

Lafleur pleaded not guilty to unauthorized dissemination of indecent material, records show. Many of the charges were felonies, so Lafleur did not enter pleas to those charges.

Police received a complaint that sparked an investigation of Lafleur in October, Leahey said. Officers eventually alerted authorities in Warwick about adults there who might have connections to Lafleur. Warwick police are actively investigating the case.

Police did not provide details about the victims in the case or the allegations.

Lafleur’s bail was set at $10,000.

Lafleur was referred to the public defender’s office. He has not been appointed an attorney who would be able to comment on his behalf.