Portsmouth man accused of having sex with 13-year-old girl

John Tingstad (Photo courtesy of Portsmouth Police Department)

A Portsmouth man faces child molestation charges after police said he had sex with a 13-year-old girl.

John Tingstad, 26, was charged with first-degree child molestation. He was arraigned in district court and ordered held without bail.

Police said they saw Tingstad and a Fall River girl parked on the grassy area of the Common Fence Point playground. The girl later identified herself to police as being 13 years old.

An investigation revealed that Tingstad had sex with the girl.

Police said the case has been referred to the Rhode Island Attorney General's Office.