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R.I. legislature passes bill criminalizing sexual contact between authority figures and teens

Supporters have said these bills will close a loophole in the law that leaves teens vulnerable to predators.


Former R.I. cheerleading coach charged with child molestation

Alyshia Tkacks, 33, of Cranston, is facing first-degree and second-degree child molestation charges; police say the victim was molested “almost daily” during a 2-year period starting in 2012.

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What you need to know about North Kingstown High School Coach Aaron Thomas and the ‘fat test’ issue

Former NKHS student-athletes say basketball coach Aaron Thomas had them strip naked so he could conduct “fat tests” near their genitals. Now, the attorney general is investigating. Catch up on the story here, with earlier reporting as well as the latest news from the lawyers, school administrators, parents, and victims


R.I. Senate passes bill to criminalize sexual contact between teens and authority figures

While the House passed a version of this legislation in 2019, the Senate had never taken any action, until now.


Providence teen pulled from water at Lincoln Woods has died

Melecio DeLeon Regil is remembered as a “bright light in the Met School community.”


North Kingstown teachers tell School Committee they are at ‘breaking point’

Reeling from untimely death of a colleague, and still struggling with pandemic disruptions and investigations into coaches, teachers begged committee for mental health support and accountability.

Pawtucket, R.I., husband and wife killed in car crash in Seekonk

The crash took place at around 6:04 p.m. at the intersection of Lincoln Street and Route 44, the Bristol County district attorney’s office said.


Man rescued after fall from Newport’s Cliff Walk

The man, who is in his early 30s, was taken by a medflight helicopter to Rhode Island Hospital with serious injuries but is expected to recover.