Sex offender and lottery millionaire used winnings to abuse kid, cops say

Daniel Snay pleaded not guilty to child sex abuse charges March 17, 2014. Police suspect that he may have used money from his $10 million lottery winnings to facilitate his alleged crimes. (Uxbridge Police Department)
March 17, 2014 12:00:00 AM PDT
A registered sex offender police allege used a $10 million lottery prize to help him commit new crimes against a child was held on $5 million bail Monday.

Daniel Snay, 62, of Uxbridge, was held after pleading not guilty at his district court arraignment to indecent assault and battery on a child under the age of 14, subsequent offense; reckless endangerment of a child; enticement of a child; and dissemination of pornography to a minor.

Snay was arrested Friday.

Snay sexually assaulted a boy over several years starting when the boy was 10, police said.

"Mr. Snay was the recipient of a $10 million dollar lottery award and that windfall aided the commission of the crimes," police said in a press release.

Snay won the prize on a scratch-off ticket in 2008, according to state lottery records.

He used the money to groom and gain favor with people, Chief Jeffrey Lourie told the Telegram & Gazette, without providing additional details.

Snay was convicted of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 in 1974 and 1976, according to the state sex offender registry. He is listed as a level 3 offender by the state, considered the most likely to re-offend.

Snay's lawyer did not immediately return a telephone message Monday.

The investigation is ongoing, and Lourie said authorities are investigating whether Snay sexually assaulted the boy in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

ABC News contributed to this report.


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