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May 1, 2014

Salem man faces child porn charge

Suspect allegedly took nude photos of teen

SALEM — A 28-year-old Salem man is being held on $200,000 cash bail for allegedly taking pornographic photos of a 14-year-old girl.

Kevin Rodwell of 16 Tiffany Road, Apartment 11, was arraigned on a felony child pornography charge yesterday in 10th Circuit Court. He was ordered held on bail by Judge John Korbey, according to Salem Deputy police Chief Shawn Patten.

Rodwell was originally arrested by Salem police April 11 on criminal restraint and endangering the welfare of a child charges, Patten said.

Rodwell is charged with picking up the teenager in Medway, Mass., where she lives, and taking her to his apartment in Salem against the wishes of her father, Patten said.

The father notified police in Massachusetts, who then contacted authorities in Salem, prosecutor Jason Grosky said. The 14-year-old was with Rodwell overnight and her father was concerned, he said.

“She was at his apartment in Salem instead of being safe at her home in Medway,” Grosky said.

Nine pornographic photos were found on Rodwell’s cellphone, he said.

Rodwell was arrested shortly before he was to go on trial in another case in Rockingham Superior Court, Grosky said. He was initially held on $20,000 cash bail.

The child pornography case remains under investigation, Grosky said, and Rodwell could face additional charges. He also has been charged in Medway, Grosky said, but further details were not available last night.

Police also searched a home in Atkinson and a storage facility in Salem, he said.

Patten and Grosky credited Salem police detectives Ryan Sambataro and H. Michael Geha for their investigation of the case. They received assistance from Medway police and Massachusetts State Police.

Rodwell is represented by public defender Eliana Forciniti.

The case Rodwell was about to go to trial on was for an accident three years ago. That trial has been delayed as a result of his arrest on the child pornography charge.

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