NEW: RI Dance Teacher Pleads Guilty to Sexual Assault of Minor

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

 

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Former Rhode Island dance instructor Keith Sampson, 37, formerly of Providence pleaded guilty in federal court in Providence on Tuesday to interstate travel to engage in illicit sexual conduct. Sampson admitted to the court that in December of 2007 he transported one of his dance studio students, a 15-year-old girl, from Rhode Island to Easton, Mass for the purpose of engaging in illicit sexual conduct.

According to court documents and information presented to the court, on December 29, 2007, the girls had been left in Sampson's care by her mother on the pretense that she would be spending the night at Sampson's Providence residence with his wife and child. Instead, Sampson admitted to the court that he drove the victim to the home of a relative in Easton, Mass where he provided the victim with alcohol and then sexually assaulted her.

Multiple Charges in Different States

According to court documents, the assault of the 15-year-old victim happened while Sampson was waiting trail in Massachusetts state court on two counts of statutory rape of a child in an unrelated matter.

In that case, the jury found Sampson guilty of one count of statutory rape. Sampson was sentenced in February 2008 to serve not less than and not more than seven years in prison in Massachusetts state prison.

Based on Sampson's December 2007 assault case, Sampson was indicted and charged in Massachusetts state court with rape of a child with  force and providing liquor to a person under 21. Sampson pleaded guilty to the charges on November 14th and was sentenced to not less than two and half and not more than three years imprisonment, to be served consecutively to the sentence he received as a result of his January 2008 conviction.

In total, Sampson served about seven years in prison in Massachusetts. After his release from Massachusetts State prison, Sampson was placed in federal custody and brought to Rhode Island to face charges in U.S. District Court in Providence brought as a result of the December 2007 assault.

The Case

The case is being prosecuted in federal court in Providence by assistant U.S. Attorneys Richard Rose and Zachary Cunha.

The matter was investigated by the FBI, with the assistance of the Warwick, Rhode Island, and Easton, Massachusetts, Police Departments.

Sampson is set to be sentenced by U.S. District Court Chief Judge William Smith on January 29, 2016.

 

Related Slideshow: Rhode Island Communities with the Most Sex Offenders

The State of Rhode Island Parole Board and Sex Offender Community Notification Unit provides a searchable online database of Level 2 and Level 3 sex offenders, which are "moderate risk" offender and "high risk" offenders, searchable by city and town, zip code, or offender level.  Not all towns in the state have registered sex offenders in the database.  

In addition, categories include "whereabouts unknown", "moved out of state", "incarcerated out of state", "deported", and "deceased."

Below are the sex offenders registered on the site as of November 2013, ranked accoring to offenders per capita in each community -- which can change daily.  The population numbers are taken from Rhode Island DLT 2011 estimates.  

Search the site for names, and addresses, here.

 

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#33

Smithfield

Registered Offenders: 1

Town Population: 21,423

.23 per 5000 residents

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#32

Middletown

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 16,111

.31 per 5000 residents

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#31

North Smithfield

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 11,968

.42 per 5000 residents

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#30

Bristol

Registered Offenders: 2

Population: 22,922

.44 per 5000 residents

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#29

Scituate 

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 10,330

.48 per 5000 residents

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#28

Johnston

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 28,771

.52 per 5000 residents

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#27

Narragansett

Registered Offenders: 2

Population: 15,814

.63 per 5000 residents

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#26

Tiverton

Registered Offenders: 2

Population: 15,743

.64 per 5000 residents

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#25

Lincoln

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 21,108

.71 per 5000 residents

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#24

Cumberland

Registered Offenders: 5

Population: 33,507

.75 per 5000 residents

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North Kingstown

Registered Offenders: 4

Population: 26,396

.76 per 5000 residents

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#22

Exeter

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 6,405

.78 per 5000 residents

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#21

Portsmouth

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 17,348

.86 per 5000 residents

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#20

Jamestown

Registered Offenders: 1

Population: 5,391

.92 per 5000 residents

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#19

Burrillville

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 15,956

.94 per 5000 residents

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#18

Newport

Registered Offenders: 5

Population: 24,619

1.01 per 5000 residents

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Glocester

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 9,747

1.03 per 5000 residents

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North Providence

Registered Offenders: 7

Population: 32,079

1.09 per 5000 residents

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Warwick

Registered Offenders: 18

Population: 82,361

1.09 per 5000 residents

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#14

Charlestown

Registered Offenders: 2

Population: 7,800

1.28 per 5000 residents

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South Kingstown

Registered Offenders: 8

Population: 30,553

1.31 per 5000 residents

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#12

Warren

Registered Offenders: 3

Population: 10,594

1.41 per 5000 residents

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#11

Coventry

Registered Offenders: 10

Population: 34,884

1.43 per 5000 residents

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Westerly

Registered Offenders: 8

Population: 22,708

1.76 per 5000 residents

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East Providence

Registered Offenders: 20

Population: 47,039

2.12 per 5000 residents

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West Warwick

Registered Offenders: 14

Population: 29,080

2.41 per 5000 residents

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#7

Hopkinton

Registered Offenders: 4

Population: 8,159

2.45 per 5000 residents

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#6

Pawtucket

Registered Offenders: 39

Population: 71,153

2.74 per 5000 residents

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West Greenwich

Registered Offenders: 4

Population: 6,112

3.27 per 5000 residents

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#4

Central Falls

Registered Offenders: 15

Population: 19,379

3.87 per 5000 residents

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Providence

Registered Offenders: 166

Population: 178,053

4.66 per 5000 residents

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Woonsocket

Registered Offenders: 41

Population: 41,188

4.97 per 5000 residents

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Cranston

Registered Offenders: 153

Population: 80,392

9.42 per 5000 residents

 
 

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