Newport councilman charged with making obscene phone call to teen

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — A Rhode Island city councilman has been charged with making an obscene phone call to a 13-year-old boy he says was sending sexual messages to his daughter.

The Newport Daily News reports that Newport Councilman John Florez said after his arrest Monday that he plans to fight the charge.

Florez says the boy sent lewd, suggestive and threatening messages to his 13-year-old daughter after they met around Halloween.

The councilman says he repeatedly told the boy to stop sending the messages. He says he tried speaking with the boy's grandmother, but the boy prevented him from doing so.

Florez obtained a temporary restraining order Dec. 4 that prevents the boy from contacting his daughter. He also filed a complaint in Family Court.

He is expected in court Wednesday.



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