PAWTUCKET, R.I. (AP) _ A minister at a Pawtucket church has been charged with sexually assaulted an 87-year-old woman.
Rev. Rolando Rodriguez of the Light and Hope Methodist Church was arraigned Thursday on a charge of second-degree sexual assault in the incident, which prosecutors say occurred at the woman's home on July 17.
Prosecutors say Rodriguez came to the home unannounced, then grabbed the woman and pulled her to his crotch.
Police say she then bit him in that area.
Defense attorney Robert Osteri says Rodriguez was simply hugging the woman to comfort her after the death of a loved one.
He says a taped confession from Rodriguez was obtained without council or a translator.