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Patriots mascot arrested in sex sting

WARWICK, R.I., Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The Rhode Island man who serves as the mascot for the New England Patriots was arrested as part of a prostitution sting, state police said.

Rhode Island State Police Lt. James Demers alleges Robert Sormanti of Warwick, R.I., was among a group of individuals who contacted a female state trooper posing as a prostitute after a sex advertisement on Craigslist.org, The Boston Herald reported Sunday.

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Sormanti, 47, allegedly made plans with the female trooper to meet at a hotel parking lot after responding Thursday to the online advertisement offering sex for cash, police said.

"They met in the parking lot and talked business," Demers alleged. "They agreed on a price for a certain service. They never made it to the room."

After being arraigned on a charge of procurement of sex for a fee, Sormanti was released on personal recognizance.

Sormanti, who portrays Pat the Patriot for the NFL team, has been suspended, Patriots spokesman Stacey James told the Herald.

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