Raimondo staffer, stabbed last week, now charged with sexual assault

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — The state staffer in Gov. Gina Raimondo’s office who was stabbed in the neck last week has now been charged with sexually assaulting the young man accused of stabbing him, Providence Police confirmed.

Daniel Brown, 54, was charged Tuesday with 2nd-degree sexual assault and procuring alcohol for a person under 21 in the incident on Terrace Avenue on Tuesday night. 

Josh Block, a spokesperson for Raimondo, said Brown is immediately being placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.

Providence Police Major David Lapatin said Brown is still recovering from the stabbing and was arraigned in his hospital bed Tuesday afternoon. He was released on $10,000 personal recognizance and ordered to stay away from the victim.

Eyewitness News previously reported the name of the 18-year-old charged with stabbing Brown, but is no longer identifying him because he is an alleged victim of sexual assault. The man was initially charged with felony assault in the case. The charge has not been dropped by Providence Police, but it's up to the attorney general's office whether to move forward with prosecution. A spokesperson for the AG declined to comment on a pending matter.

Lapatin said Brown and the teenager met in South Providence last Tuesday, when Brown allegedly drove up to the man and told him he was a "pretty important guy." The two exchanged phone numbers. 

Later, Brown picked up the young man in his car and took him to the market, Lapatin said, then to his house on Terrace Avenue. Lapatin said Brown allegedly gave the teen vodka and then grabbed a private part of his body.

That's when the young man allegedly took out the knife and stabbed Brown before running out of the house. Lapatin said the man told police he stabbed Brown in self-defense.

Brown has worked in Raimondo’s constituent affairs office since last summer after being placed there on assignment by the Department of Labor and Training, according to Block.

Block said Brown has worked for the state since January 2003, the month Gov. Don Carcieri took office. He started in the governor’s office and then moved to the Department of Labor and Training (DLT) in 2008 as a chief implementation aide during Carcieri's second term.

Eyewitness News reported last week that Brown has been arrested several times during his 15-year tenure as a state employee, including once at the DLT building in Cranston in 2009. In that case, he pleaded no contest to writing a bad check for $5,000 to an auto body shop.

His arrest history also includes a 2014 charge of second-degree sexual assault by Cranston Police, which was ultimately not pursued for prosecution by the attorney general’s office because the victim declined to cooperate. 

Block said Brown was not placed on leave after the 2014 arrest, which happened during the previous administration.

Brown was arrested again by Cranston Police last September, after moving to the governor’s office, again for writing a bad check. Court documents show the charge was dropped after he paid restitution to the victim.

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