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Pastor, ex-GOP chair charged with child molestation


PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The leader of a Providence church is facing several charges in connection with a child molestation investigation.

Roy Bolden, 33, of Providence, was arraigned Wednesday morning on charges of first-degree child molestation, second-degree child molestation, and third-degree sexual assault. He was ordered held without bail.

Maj. David Lapatin said Bolden will likely face more charges once the case is handed over to the attorney general’s office.

Lapatin said police took a statement Friday from a 21-year-old Providence man who said Bolden molested him. The man told police the abuse started when he was 12 years old and lasted for six years.

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