WESTERLY, R.I. - A Mastic man charged with raping an 11-year-old boy in Westerly has been ordered held without bail.

Authorities say Ian P. Thornton, 42, was arraigned Monday on three counts of first-degree child molestation.

Westerly Police Chief Edward Mello tells The Sun of Westerly the charges stem from a lengthy investigation conducted in cooperation with the Rhode Island attorney general's office and state Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Police extradited Thornton from New York on a warrant Friday, and he was held over the weekend.

Thornton has been referred to a public defender.

In Rhode Island, first-degree child molestation carries a maximum sentence of 25 years to life in prison.

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