Man Who Acts as Patriots Mascot Arrested for Prostitution-Related Crime


December 11, 2009

PROVIDENCE, R.I. — 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 in November
made prostitution a misdemeanor crime regardless of where it occurs.
Previously, indoor prostitution was allowed because of a legal

State Police say Robert Sormanti of
Warwick was among those arrested in an undercover sting at a hotel. The
Providence Journal reports Sormanti is among the 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 Friday evening was not immediately returned.

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