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Church window broken with rock

Police are investigating after a nearly century-old stained glass window at an Edgewood church was broken with a rock.

According to Cranston Police Maj. Todd Patalano, maintenance staff at St. Paul Church, located at 1789 Broad St., discovered the damage to the window on the west side of the church shortly after 9 a.m. on Nov. 21.

“It appears that a rock was thrown through the window sometime in the early morning hours and was found in the church,” Patalano said in a statement. “Several other plexiglass pieces that cover and protect the windows were also damaged but did prevent further damage to other stained glass windows.”

Police are asking anyone with information regarding the incident to contact the department’s Detective Division at 942-2211. Tips may also be submitted anonymously through the department’s website, cranstonpoliceri.com. Cranston man pleads guilty to child pornography charges

A city man has pleaded guilty to charges of possessing and distributing child pornography, according to the office of U.S. Attorney Aaron L. Weisman.

Robert E. Soares, 39, entered the plea Nov. 22 in U.S. District Court. His sentencing is scheduled for March 3.

According to a statement from prosecutors, the child pornography charges emerged shortly after Soares’s May 28, 2018, arrest on domestic violence charges. In that incident, Soares is alleged to have forced his girlfriend and another woman into a bedroom and kept them from leaving.

Two days later, the statement reads, Soares’s girlfriend is said to have contacted Cranston Police “to report that she received a call from an individual who told her that Soares had previously sent him ‘disgusting’ images of child pornography.”

A search warrant was then obtained for Soares’s cell phone. A forensic review of the device is said to have uncovered “more than two-dozen images of child erotica and child pornography, a series of text messages sent and received by Soares discussing photographs depicting child pornography, and a browser history showing Internet searches and sites viewed that are associated with the viewing and the downloading of images and videos of child pornography.”

Members of Homeland Security Investigations Task Force and Warwick Police Department assisted Cranston Police with the investigation. -- Daniel Kittredge

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A stained glass window at St. Paul Church in Edgewood was broken with a rock late last week, and police are investigating the incident. (Herald photo)

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