Governor’s staffer accused of sexually assaulting man who stabbed him

By John Krinjak

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PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WLNE) — A staffer of Governor Raimondo who was stabbed last week, is now charged with sexually assaulting the man who stabbed him.

Police are saying 54-year-old Daniel Brown sexually assaulted an 18-year-old man last week, and was stabbed by that man in retaliation. All of this is alleged to have happened at brown’s home on Terrace Avenue in Providence.

Brown is an employee in the Governor’s constituent affairs office. He is now charged with second-degree sexual assault and procurement of alcohol for a minor. He was arraigned on those charges from his hospital bed at Rhode Island Hospital Tuesday afternoon.

18-year-old Kenneth Suarez was arrested last Tuesday for stabbing brown in the neck, leaving him with serious injuries.

Police are now saying that stabbing happened after Brown touched Suarez inappropriately and gave him alcohol.

This isn’t the first time brown has been charged with sexual assault. He faced similar allegations in Cranston back in 2014 involving a 19-year-old.

Brown’s bail in this case has been set at $10,000.

Governor Raimondo’s press secretary Josh Block said in a statement late Tuesday: "Mr. Brown has been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation in light of these charges."

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