PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Police who interviewed dozens of men in a growing child molestation investigation into two brothers long involved in community youth sports in Bristol said Friday they anticipate more criminal charges.
Deputy Chief Steven Contente said between 30 and 45 men have been interviewed in the investigation of Richard Perry, of Warren, and Jesse Perry, of Fall River, Mass., both of whom have worked as teachers. He said more charges are expected in both cases.
Richard Perry was charged last month with child molestation and has pleaded not guilty. Jesse Perry was arraigned Monday in District Court in Providence on child molestation charges but hasn’t entered a plea. The brothers, who each face multiple felony counts, are being held at the state prison in Cranston.
Contente said that the existing cases each involve one victim and that Richard Perry and Jesse Perry, who are in their 50s, knew their accusers through their involvement in youth sports.
In announcing Richard Perry’s arrest last month, state police described him as a former youth football coach, Bristol Little League umpire and coach and Kickemuit Middle School discipline officer and custodian.
Bristol police said Jesse Perry also was a former youth football and Little League baseball coach. He retired last year as a sixth-grade science teacher at Dighton Middle School in the Dighton-Rehoboth Regional School District in Massachusetts.
The indictment against Richard Perry alleges that he engaged in ‘‘sexual penetration’’ and ‘‘sexual contact’’ on various dates between August 1997 and August 2003 with a victim described only as being 14 or younger. It says the abuse took place in Warren and Bristol.
Defense attorney Paul DiMaio, who is representing both brothers, has filed a motion to dismiss Richard Perry’s case, saying the indictment doesn’t identify specific dates of abuse and the time period represents a ‘‘broad sweep of the brush.’’
DiMaio also said Friday that the accuser had sought $500 or $1,000 from Richard Perry in the last year or two, saying that if Perry didn’t pay he would go to authorities with the accusations. DiMaio declined to elaborate but said Bristol police knew of the incident.
Contente couldn’t be reached later for comment on DiMaio’s claim.
DiMaio also said that authorities ‘‘might as well put an advertisement in the paper’’ looking for other accusers.
‘‘If there are victims, I feel bad for them — if they’re real,’’ he said. ‘‘When you look hard enough and you search hard enough you may get anybody to say anything.’’
Contente said the abuse in the case of Jesse Perry took place at a home in which he used to live in Bristol, but he declined to give further information about the person he said was the victim.
DiMaio called the charges against Jesse Perry vague because the abuse is said to have taken place over a range of dates.
Jesse Perry also faces gun charges in Massachusetts, where Fall River police say they found two revolvers and a rifle at his home. He has been charged with possession of a firearm without a license, among other crimes.
Contente said police initially opened an investigation in 2004, when several people came forward with accusations against both brothers. But he said no charges were filed because the statute of limitations had expired.
He said Richard Perry’s criminal background check application to participate in youth sports was rejected by police that year even though the investigation was suspended. He said he did not have information on any background check requested by Jesse Perry.
State police, who have been working with Bristol police, said Thursday that two additional accusers had come forward in the case of Richard Perry and their allegations are being investigated.