Ex-Sen. Kettle pleads not guilty to video voyeurism charges

West Bay
Former RI Sen. Nicholas Kettle

A Rhode Island state lawmaker briefly faced a judge Friday in one of two criminal cases he’s involved in.

In a court appearance that lasted a little more than three minutes, Nicholas Kettle pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of video voyeurism.

Kettle’s bail was set at $3,000 personal recognizance. Hes due back in court April 26.

The former state senator handed in his resignation letter last month as colleagues filed a bill to expel him from office. He was arrested following a state police investigation that involved the seizure of multiple cell phones, computers and tablets.

According to court documents, Kettle’s girlfriend of two years told police she had found pictures of herself on Kettle’s iPad back in January. An affidavit obtained by Eyewitness News revealed Kettle allegedly sent nude photos of her to a friend in exchange for similar photos of the friend’s wife.

Kettle also pleaded not guilty last month to extortion charges in a separate case involving a former Senate page. Court documents showed Kettle allegedly admitted to two people that he had a sexual relationship with the page at the State House.

Kettle denies the accusations and his attorney declined to comment on either case after Friday’s court appearance.

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