Senators de la Cruz, Gallo Call for Removal of Sexual Felon
as Chief of Medical Services at Eleanor Slater Hospital


STATE HOUSE – Sen. Jessica de la Cruz and Sen. Hanna M. Gallo are calling for the dismissal of Dr. Andrew Stone, a physician who lost his medical license for exposing himself to children, as the chief of medical services at the state-run Eleanor Slater Hospitals in Cranston and Burrillville.

Stone was arrested in 2006, accused of exposing himself on multiple occasions to boys in the locker room of a YMCA in Seekonk. He pleaded guilty to four felony counts of open and gross lewdness, served four months of a two-year sentence, and underwent treatment. His license to practice medicine in Rhode Island was suspended upon his arrest, then revoked in 2008.

The Rhode Island Department of Health reinstated his medical license in Rhode Island in 2015, with restrictions that his practice had to be limited to adults and group or institutional settings, and that he had to maintain treatment and monitoring. In 2018, the same year he was hired at Eleanor Slater, the state removed him from probation, citing his compliance with all restrictions that had been placed on his practice.

Stone was recently appointed to the position supporting clinical care at Eleanor Slater Hospital. The hospitals, overseen by the state’s Department of Behavioral Healthcare, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals, provide long-term acute and post-acute care to patients with complex medical and psychiatric needs. Eleanor Slater’s Regan unit in Cranston is located in Senator Gallo’s district. Senator de la Cruz represents its Zambarano unit in Burrillville.

“How could we possibly put someone whose history includes felony sexual offenses in charge of the care of our most vulnerable patients, many of whom are unable to speak up for themselves?” said Senator de la Cruz (R-Dist. 23, North Smithfield, Burrillville, Glocester), who met with Eleanor Slater officials earlier this week. “This is simply not the role for someone who, on multiple occasions, committed criminally inappropriate acts in front of children. I’m all for rehabilitation, but we’re not talking about a substance addiction or a minor offense. In this case, it’s more appropriate to prioritize the safety of those who cannot advocate for themselves.”

The senators said they also have concerns for the hospital staff, particularly those who have a history of their own trauma.

“Above all else, hospitals should be concerned with safety and wellbeing. Putting someone with a history of sexual offenses in a position of power is taking an undue risk with patient and staff safety. We call on the Department of Behavioral Health, Developmental Disabilities and Hospitals to remove Dr. Stone from this position for the protection of everyone at Eleanor Slater,” said Senator Gallo (D-Dist. 27, Cranston, West Warwick).


Democrats are blasting Republicans after they blocked starting debate on voting reform in the Senate. The procedural vote failed to get the 60 votes needed to move forward. Democrats claim Republicans are trying to suppress votes.        Many of the Iran-friendly websites seized today by the U.S. government are back up. Government officials say they took the action because those dozens of websites were spreading disinformation. The action comes just days after Iran elected a new hard-line leader to be its next president.        One teen who got vaccinated says the key to getting more of her peers to get the shot is through social media. Fourteen-year old Angelina Allegrini is one of nearly 17 million children in the U.S. eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine. However, many in that age group are lagging behind others in getting the shots.        Portland's Mayor and Police Chief are instructing officers to no longer respond to some traffic stops. Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler says instead officers will focus on those that present immediate danger and safety-related issues. Wheeler says the move is due to lack of resources. "The Oregonian" reports that at least 130 officers have quit the agency since last summer.       A Golden Retriever is resting after a long swim along the Jersey Shore. Chunk was playing fetch with his owners on June 6th but got spooked and ran into the woods. When two joggers recognized him and approached the dog, it jumped into the water and swam nearly two miles across the bay before being rescued.