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Man who plays Pats mascot arrested in prostitution sting

A man who plays New England’s professional football mascot has been arrested for soliciting someone to pat his patriot.

The Rhode Island State Police announced a slew of recent arrests for prostitution-related crimes. The list includes 47-year-old Robert Sormanti, who is one of the several people who don the outfit of the Patriots mascot.

“The Pat Patriot mascot costume is worn by multiple people, each of whom are held responsible and accountable for their actions. The individual in question has been suspended,” the team said in a statement Friday night. “The mascot responsibilities will continue to be fulfilled by others.”

The arrest of Sormanti and 13 others are the first since Rhode Island’s governor closed a loophole that made “indoor prostitution” legal.

The real victims here are the other unlucky guys and gals who dress as Pat Patriot. Sormanti just guaranteed them Sundays filled with sarcastic, heckling jokes.

So maybe things won’t be that different.