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New indictment against local actor for sex with teens

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Mug shot of Kevin Joseph Kelly (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office) Mug shot of Kevin Joseph Kelly (Source: Cuyahoga County Prosecutors Office)
LAKEWOOD, OH (WOIO) -

A local actor is once again facing some very serious charges involving teens.

The charges against 55-year-old Kevin Joseph Kelly date back to 1996, and according to the indictment, the Lakewood man engaged in sexual activity with a male who was mentally or physically impaired.  He's also accused of buying the victim alcohol.

Another male, who was also mentally challenged, accused Kelly of kidnapping and attempted rape.

It's unclear where the incidents took place.  Kelly previously taught a class and performed at the Beck Center for the Arts, but the prosecutor's office says the incidents did not happen while Kelly worked at the facility.

The center's president, Cindy Einhouse, issued this statement: "We are committed to providing a secure environment. Criminal background checks are conducted on all employees and instructors prior to being hired."

Kelly pleaded not guilty and has posted bond.

He is expected to be in court December 18 for a pre-trial hearing.

To read entire indictment click here.

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