NBC 10 I-Team: 2nd suspect arrested in Cerbo child molestation case
Matthew Heuser, 37, of East Greenwich was arraigned Tuesday on charges of second degree child molestation and conspiracy to commit first degree child molestation.
Johnston police have charged him in connection with a case that landed local singer Tony Cerbo behind bars.
The alleged victim is a 13 year old boy whom police say met Cerbo on the social networking app Grindr.
According to court documents obtained by NBC10, Cerbo told the teen he would "send a friend to come pick him up" at 3:00 in the morning on November 19, 2018.
Police say that the friend in question was Heuser, who picked up the teenager in an orange Chevy Camaro and brought him to Cerbo's home on Birchwood Drive in Johnston.
The boy's mother woke up at 4am to find her son missing and, after unsuccessful attempts to reach him by phone and text, called police.
About twenty minutes later, the teen's mother got a text from him that he was being dropped off at a nearby Dunkin’ Donuts, where officers responded and brought him home.
Police say the 13 year old later identified Cerbo's house as where he was taken and was able to accurately describe details of the room he was in.
He also was able to identify Cerbo from a photograph as the person who engaged in sexual activity with him.
When he was arrested, Cerbo refused to tell police who the person was that picked up the teen that morning.
It was Cerbo's own mother who said an anonymous acquaintance of the family told her it was Heuser, whom the teen also identified from a photo as the second person who was at Cerbo's home.
Police say Heuser attempted to engage in sexual activity with the boy as well but was unable to, instead rubbing his back and backside.
The teenager told investigators he was not forced to do anything he didn’t want to do.
The alleged victim was transported to Hasbro Children’s Hospital for a forensic sexual assault examination.
Heuser’s next court appearance is scheduled for February 28, 2019.
Cerbo is scheduled for a bail hearing on December 11, 2018.