Charges dropped in Kettle extortion case

Charges dropped in Kettle extortion case

SCITUATE – Extortion and blackmail charges against former Sen. Nicholas Kettle were dropped on July 31 after Attorney Gen. Peter Neronha said new evidence made it impossible to Peter Neronha prove the case.

In February of 2018, Kettle was indicted on two charges of extortion and blackmail when a former Statehouse page alleged that in 2011, Kettle sent him threatening texts if the page refused to have sex with him.

Kettle denied the charge and rejected a July 26 plea deal.

“In light of new evidence in State of Rhode Island v. Nicholas Kettle – specifically communications between the victim and the defendant that have been verified by this office – the state is unable to meet its required burden of proof and continue the prosecution of this case,” Neronha said in a statement.

“Furthermore, the complainant has indicated he would not return to Rhode Island to testify in this matter.”

Kettle, a Republican, served three terms as a state senator representing Coventry, Foster, Scituate and parts of West Greenwich. He resigned from his fourth term in office on Feb. 22, 2018, after allegations of video voyeurism and extortion. Kettle was sentenced to three years probation.