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Carnevale indicted; latest state rep to face charges

October 28, 2011

Following on the heels of the arrest of three state reps in separate instances earlier this year, state Representative John Carnevale (D-Providence) has been indicted on sexual assault charges, according to the attorney general’s office.

The information was contained in a standard news release from the AG’s office:

The Providence County Grand Jury reported out an indictment charging John Carnevale with one count of first degree sexual assault, one count of second degree sexual assault, and one count of assault with the intent to commit sexual assault.

It is alleged that on or about July 28, 2011, Carnevale assaulted an individual with the intent to commit sexual assault, and did commit sexual assault, with the sexual assault being in the first and second degree.

The alleged incidents took place in Johnston. The Johnston Police conducted the investigation.  Carnevale is scheduled to be arraigned in Providence County Superior Court on November 16, 2011. 

Amy Kempe, spokeswoman for Attorney General Peter Kilmartin, declined to elaborate on the basis of the allegations.

Carnevale’s biography lists him as a retired Providence police sergeant, andhe was first elected to a district encompassing parts of Providence and Johnston in 2008. If he returns a telephone message left at his home, I’ll update this post with his comment.

Carnevale is a member of the House Finance Committee and participated in the two pension public hearings earlier this week.

His indictment follows the arrest earlier in the year of Democrat Leo Medina, and Republicans Robert Watson and Dan Gordon.

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