May 26, 2020
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RI lawmaker accused of illegally taking, sharing naked photos of girlfriend

Steve Szydlowski | AP
Steve Szydlowski | AP
Rhode Island Senate Minority Whip Nicholas Kettle, appears in Superior Court in Providence on Monday. A grand jury indictment unsealed Monday accuses Kettle of extorting sex from a page in the Rhode Island Senate page program. Kettle, 27, of Coventry, pleaded not guilty and was released on $50,000 personal recognizance.

Rhode Island state police say Republican Senate Minority Leader Nicholas Kettle took naked pictures of his girlfriend without her knowledge and then sent them to a friend in New Hampshire.

Police say Zachary Brennan, of Springfield, New Hampshire, then sent back naked pictures of his wife.

New details of a video voyeurism charge against Kettle were released on Monday hours after he pleaded not guilty to extorting sex from a Statehouse page.

Police say the friends exchanged images of their own genitals and discussed how to take videos of the women during sex. Police say in one message Kettle told Brennan he needed to be “stealthy.”

Brennan hasn’t returned a message seeking comment. Police say he admitted exchanging the photos when they searched his house last month.

Kettle has denied wrongdoing.

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