A man from Waterford was arrested by state police on accusations of extorting sexual acts in exchange for rent on properties he owned.
Troopers said Richard A. Bruno, 33, was taken into custody on Thursday following a joint effort by them and the New London and Waterford police departments.
Investigators said Bruno's allegations included the possible solicitation of sexual acts from children.
Through their investigation, they said they determined that Bruno contacted what he believed to be a 13-year-old girl online and arranged to meet with her in New London. The agreement was sexual acts in exchange for money.
When he arrived, police said they immediately took him into custody.
Bruno was charged with criminal attempt at trafficking in persons, second-degree criminal attempt sexual assault, risk and impairing the morals of a minor and enticement of a minor.
His neighbors said they were surprised to learn about the arrest.
"Never knew anything about him," neighbor Nick Montorsi said. "Only time I see the police here is Seaside."
Seaside is the former state hospital property across the street.
Bruno, who is a plumber by trade, owns more than three dozen properties in New London, commercial and residential
Police said he posted a $150,000 bond. He's due in New London Superior Court on May 19.
Investigators said a search and seizure warrant was executed at his home where further evidence to support the charges was taken. It's being analyzed by the state police Computer Crimes Unit.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to contact state police at 203-427-4062.
Eyewitness News attempted to call Bruno, but he did not respond to the station's calls.
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