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Patriots mascot arrested in sex sting

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PROVIDENCE, Rhode Island (AP) — A man who acts as a mascot for the New England Patriots is among 14 people who have been arrested for prostitution-related crimes in Rhode Island since a new law went into effect that banned indoor prostitution.

The bill signed into law last month made prostitution a misdemeanor crime regardless of where it occurs. Previously, indoor prostitution was allowed because of a legal loophole.

State police say Robert Sormanti was among those arrested in an undercover sting at a hotel. The Providence Journal reports Sormanti is among the NFL team's mascots.

The Patriots said in a statement that multiple people wear the mascot costume and that the "individual in question" has been suspended.

A phone message left at Sormanti's home on Friday was not immediately returned.

 

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