Patriots mascot arrested in RI sex sting

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


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 loophole.

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


A phone message left at Sormanti’s home Friday evening was not

immediately returned.