WRENTHAM — A 30-year-old carnival worker pleaded innocent today to attempting to meet a 15-year-old Foxboro girl at the Renaissance Hotel at Patriot Place and pay her for sex.
Peter Campobasso of Medford, who has been held in jail on $10,000 cash bail since his arrest by Mansfield police two months ago, was ordered held on an additional $3,000 cash bail in the Foxboro case.
Campobasso allegedly texted and communicated with the Foxboro girl via the Internet in an attempt to arrange the sexual tryst, and was aware he was dealing with a minor, authorities say.
“The defendant was aware of her age,” Assistant District Attorney Jaclyn Sexton said during a bail hearing in Wrentham District Court.
Sexton said Foxboro police sought a warrant for Campobasso after his arrest April 18 by Mansfield police. Investigators allegedly found text messages on his cellphone with the Foxboro girl, Sexton said.
Mansfield police arrested Campobasso, a high school dropout, after he allegedly trolled Facebook and found a 12-year-old Mansfield girl’s phone number, and attempted to get her to send him nude photos of herself, authorities say.
Campobasso has pleaded innocent to enticing a minor to pose nude in the Mansfield case, and is due in Attleboro District Court July 1 for a probable cause hearing.
In the Foxboro case, Sexton asked Judge Steven Thomas to set bail at $10,000 cash, citing the nature and circumstances of the allegations and the seriousness of the charges.
Campobasso faces four charges in Wrentham District Court, enticing a child under 16, enticing a child for prostitution, attempting to engage in sexual conduct with a child under 18 for a fee and sending obscene matter to a minor.
Sexton said the Norfolk County District Attorney’s Office is considering seeking a grand jury indictment in the case.
If convicted as charged in the Foxboro case in superior court, Campobasso faces a maximum of 10 years in prison.
If he posts bail, Campobasso would be monitored by a GPS bracelet. He is also prohibited from contacting the victim or any child 16 or younger, and cannot use a computer or smartphone.
Records in the case were impounded by the judge at Sexton’s request over the objections of Ethan Yankowitz, a public defender.
Yankowitz said he only had limited information contained in a police report. The report contained no details about the alleged victim, which he said is necessary to prepare for Campobasso’s defense.
The judge told Yankowitz he could file a motion to unseal paperwork at a later date.
Yankowitz said Campobasso would challenge the charges and noted the alleged plan to meet the girl “never materialized.”
Campobasso is due back in Wrentham District Court July 8.