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Girl who intended to meet Internet acquaintance stopped at airport

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State police said Monday that Rhode Island Airport Police stopped a 13-year-old girl on a flight from South Carolina who allegedly flew to Rhode Island with her mother's permission to meet a man she said she met on the Internet.

State police said the girl was taken into custody Saturday at T.F. Green Airport. Passengers alerted airport police that she was traveling alone and that she was going to meet someone she met on the Internet.

Airport police determined the man was 19-year-old Andrew Silvestri of East Providence. He was arrested Sunday and charged with indecent solicitation of a child and possession of child pornography.

State police said their investigation determined Silvestri and the girl exchanged inappropriate text messages and images by cellphone. Police also said the two communicated by Facebook, Skype and telephone between December and January.

State police said the girl's mother was aware of the relationship and that she gave permission for the girl to fly to Rhode Island. They said the girl was in the custody of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Silvestri was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and told to have no contact with young people and must stay off the Internet.

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