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Kevin Rodwell ...facing prison time 

Charges against Salem man include kidnapping, child sex abuse images

BRENTWOOD — A Salem man is facing charges that he kidnapped a 14-year-old girl Massachusetts girl and had sexual relations with her at his apartment, according to prosecutors.

Authorities brought a new wave of charges against Kevin Rodwell, 29, of Salem for allegedly sexually assaulting the girl several times between April 1 and April 10 and taking photographs of the girl engaged in sex acts.

Rodwell is serving an 8-month county jail term for driving a car over the double line on Route 111 in Danville on July 19, 2011, striking another car. The woman driver and a two-year-old boy riding in that other car were injured, according to court records.

Rodwell pleaded guilty to vehicular assault on June 18 as part of a negotiated plea agreement that allowed him to avoid felony charges in that case, court records indicate.The new charges could mean state prison time for Rodwell if he is convicted.

A grand jury earlier this month returned 26 other charges against him, including felony kidnapping, criminal restraint, nine counts of possession of child sexual abuse images and nine counts of manufacturing child sexual abuse images.

When Rodwell was arrested in the Salem case, he initially faced a single count of manufacturing child sexual abuse images.

The nine manufacturing charges are each punishable by up to 15 to 30 years in state prison.

Rodwell allegedly took the girl across state lines to his apartment against the wishes of the girl’s father on April 8, prosecutors said. Rodwell allegedly took nine child sex abuse images of the girl, police said. The photos were taken in Rodwell’s apartment, police said.

Salem police Detectives Ryan Sambataro and Michael Geha investigated the case along with assistance from Medway police in Massachusetts and the Massachusetts State Police. Rodwell is expected to be arraigned on the new charges later this month.

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