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I-Team: More sex crime allegations against 19-year-old suspect

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Chandler Cardente first faced a judge in Kent County District Court back in June, charged with statutory rape and child molestation.

West Warwick detectives say the 19-year-old admitted having sex with a girl who was just 14, as well as molesting a 2-year-old boy.

Coventry police also arrested him for an assault involving a third victim, another teen girl.

"Apparently my son is one of four, possibly five victims," said the father of the boy allegedly molested in West Warwick. "The police told me that he had openly admitted on a signed confession that he did touch my son."

The NBC 10 I-Team obtained police reports in the case, including the written statement from Cardente.

According to the statement, he wrote, "When I touched him I knew it was wrong, and I do need some help … The only reason I touched him was because it happened to me when I was a kid."

In the case involving the 14-year-old girl, he wrote, "I was peer pressured to have sex with (her) … She had been hounding me on Facebook and won't stop."

"What we know is that one in four girls and one in six boys will be sexually abused by the time they're 18," said Peg Langhammer, executive director of Day One, a Providence organization dedicated to helping victims of sexual abuse with special facilities for interviewing children.

She said there's no one type of sex offender, or sex crime.

"Some may offend once or twice. Some will offend numerous times and will keep offending until they're apprehended," Langhammer said.

Cardente didn't have a criminal record, so the judge granted bail and a family member posted the cash. The judge also set conditions, including no contact with girls under 18.

But police said he broke that rule less than three months later.

Police reports obtained by the NBC 10 I-Team show Cardente was arrested again just a month ago after a joint investigation by West Warwick and West Greenwich police. The allegations included two counts of first-degree child molestation.

Detectives said Cardente admitted having sex with a 13-year-old girl, reported missing from Coventry.

The new arrests angered the father of the 2-year-old boy in the West Warwick case.

"Only to let him back out, to do the same thing to a runaway who was 13 years old?" the father said.

According to a West Warwick police report, "(The victim) disclosed that she and Cardente had sex, both in the town of West Greenwich a few days prior and this evening in the town of West Warwick."

According to West Greenwich police, "Parente tells (the victim) and her friends that he is only 16 years old when in fact he is 19 years old."

The NBC 10 I-Team found digital evidence that Cardente may not have been honest about his age, even after he was arrested.

On the social media site Keek, he listed his age as just 17 when he started posting videos while free on bail over the summer. He's actually 19.

After Cardente's latest arrest, the judge ordered him held without bail at the Adult Correctional Institutions.

The case is headed to a grand jury as families of alleged victims wait.

"I want justice brought not only to my son, but to other parents," said the father of the 2-year-old boy.

Cardente's lawyer told me his client has cooperated with police, and emphasized that the teenager hasn't yet been indicted or arraigned on felony charges.

The state has until early December to formally charge him.

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