Police: Newport man arrested after several incidents, including attempting to grope teenager

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NEWPORT — The Newport Police Department has charged a man following multiple incidents on Friday, including one in which he allegedly attempted to grope a juvenile victim.

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Michael Piserchio, 63, of Newport, was arrested and charged with disorderly conduct, attempted lewd and lascivious conduct with a child, attempted simple assault, and resisting arrest.

At around 2:30 p.m. police say they received two complaints against Piserchio.

One alleged that Piserchio was playing music very loudly inside his apartment on Prospect Street and disturbing neighbors.

Another came from a female juvenile who alleged that he had made a comment of a sexual nature toward her and attempted to touch her inappropriately.

Police arrived at the location and said that loud music could be heard coming from inside his apartment.

As part of the investigation, police say that Piserchio allegedly passed the juvenile as she was walking on stairs nearby and made an unwelcome comment toward her and subsequently attempted to touch her.

On three separate occasions later that night, Newport Police responded to his residence after continued reports of extremely loud music, which he allegedly continued to turn up after police departed.

Finally, at 10:22 p.m. on Friday, police were dispatched to the Maplefields parking lot for a report of a man yelling at people passing by.

The man, later identified as Piserchio, had left the lot by the time officers arrived, but he could be heard yelling at another individual on Prospect Street.

Officers were able to make contact with Piserchio, and, despite alleged resistance, took him into custody.

Piserchio was arraigned today and held on $5,000 bail.

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