PROVIDENCE – A federal judge has sentenced a Warwick man to more than 11 years in prison for instigating a 15-year-old Michigan girl to leave her family in 2019 and abducting her to Rhode Island for sex.
“It’s predatory behavior. … It’s a horrible offense, ”said US District Court Judge William E. Smith, sentencing 45-year-old Charles J. Morancey to 135 months in prison followed by 20 years of federal supervision upon his release. He must undergo sex offender treatment and register as a sex offender.
Smith rejected Morancey’s explanation that he wanted to save the girl from abuse by her family, just like he did with her father.
“The 43-year-old men aren’t just meeting 15-year-old girls on Instagram and going to save them,” Smith said. Morancey must have been looking for a vulnerable person to exploit, the judge observed.
Smith expressed disbelief that Morancey had not reconsidered his plan at some point during the 20 hours it took him to travel to Michigan to pick up the girl.
Morancey, who said he was in the throes of a nervous breakdown, said he was convinced that saving the teenager and bringing her back to Rhode Island was the best thing for them both.
Smith also disagreed with a characterization by Morancey’s attorney, Rebecca L. Aitchison, that the 15-year-old was on the verge of reaching adulthood.
“He’s someone who’s a kid,” Smith said.
Morancey and the teenager started chatting on social media in mid-July 2019. She told him she was having issues at home. Morancey, who often skewed the conversation about sex and showered her with flattery, helped her devise a ploy to run away and avoid being found by her parents by destroying her phone’s SIM card and changing his passwords.
The girl also sent Morancey sexually explicit photographs.
Morancey picked up the teenager in Hopkins, Mich. On August 2, 2019 and drove her to her home at 1110 Main Ave. in Warwick, engaging in “illicit sexual activity” with her on the way and at her home.
Authorities in Michigan obtained an emergency search warrant for the teenager’s Instagram account and learned that she had logged in from Morancey’s Rhode Island IP address.
Police found the teenager at his home and arrested Morancey after a traffic stop.
Morancey agreed to plead guilty to transporting the teenager from her hometown to Rhode Island with the intention of engaging in illicit sex and receiving child pornography for sending her sexually explicit images. of itself.
He had faced up to 30 years in prison for the interstate travel charge and a mandatory five-year sentence and up to 20 years in prison for receiving child pornography. He has been detained in Rhode Island since his arrest and is granted credit for time spent in custody.
The case was continued by Deputy US Attorney Lee H. Vilker.