Attorney says Senator Kettle contemplates resignation amid police investigation

Rhode Island State Police told NBC 10 News that they are actively investigating state Sen. Nicholas Kettle. (WJAR)

Rhode Island State Police told NBC 10 News that they are actively investigating state Sen. Nicholas Kettle.

Lt. Col. Joseph Philbin said state police were at Kettle’s Coventry home early Tuesday morning, but wouldn’t explain the reason for the investigation.

NBC 10 News tried to contact Kettle by phone, but there was no answer. A reporter also attempted to contact him on Twitter, but he did not immediately respond.

His attorney, Paul DiMaio, told NBC 10 that "he has not spoken to the state police," who appeared to be interested in Kettle's electronic devices.

"All I can say is that state police are investigating materials that's on his electric devices, such as an iPad, computer (and) cell phone," DiMaio said.

DiMaio added that the investigation involves a personal relationship between Kettle and another individual. He said that some messages may have been exchanged on those devices.

"This does not involve pornography, or child porn, or revenge porn," he said. "I do not believe my client will be charged in the end."

When an NBC 10 reporter asked if nude photos were possibly shared between Kettle and the other person, DiMaio said, "I don’t know that. That may be. It could well be. That’s an imminent possibility."

Right now, under the circumstances, DiMaio said Kettle is thinking about resigning from the Senate.

Kettle represents District 21, which includes parts of Coventry, Foster, Scituate and West Greenwich.

The state Board of Elections found Kettle guilty in December of under-reporting nearly $15,000 in campaign contributions, as well $16,000 in campaign expenditures.

Kettle is paying $4,000 in funds and a $2,000 fine.

NBC 10 contacted the director of the Board of Elections to see if it had been contacted by authorities in regards to Kettle. As of this writing, they had not.

The Senate was in session Tuesday afternoon, but Kettle was a not in attendance.

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