Suspect granted bail in teen girl’s kidnapping, sex assault case

Robert Perry faces a judge on charges of sexual assault and kidnapping of a minor. (Perry Russom/WPRI-TV)

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — A Coventry man is granted bail after he’s accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl.

During a hearing Thursday morning, a judge granted 57-year-old Robert Perry $50,000 surety bail. Perry was also granted home confinement.

Perry and alleged accomplice Lloyd “Paul” Baker, 53, of West Warwick, are accused of luring the victim into a car and forcing her to stay with them for two days. Perry is charged with kidnapping of a minor and first and second degree sexual assault.

If Perry posts bail, he could be back home in Coventry soon.

Perry has a long history of crimes, as well as 22 alternate aliases, including Robert Lee Bonadio, Robert Dunken, and Robert Dunlap, according to the Florida Department of Corrections.

“The criminal justice system has failed with its leniency toward this individual,” said Carolyn Medeiros, the Executive Director of the Alliance for Safe Communities, after the arraignment. “This is just a further example of a broken criminal justice system that’s allowing many individuals who are committing violent crimes to be released on bail back into our communities, and Rhode Islanders are tired of seeing these individuals returned to their communities.”

Medeiros hopes the case sets an example for the future, that bail isn’t a right, but a privilege for people who have a criminal history.

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