, Salem, MA

July 3, 2013

Man charged with lewd acts near apartments


---- — SALEM — A Florida man may have believed he had found a private spot in an alley behind a Peabody Street apartment house in Salem Monday afternoon.

But police say a 4-year-old girl looking out the window saw Keder Cantave, 31, as he fondled his exposed genitals. When she cried out in surprise, her aunt ran to check on her and also saw the man.

After snapping a couple of photos, the aunt called police, who have charged Cantave, of West Palm Beach, Fla., with open and gross lewdness.

Police do not believe that Cantave realized that he could be seen from where he was standing.

Salem police Lt. Conrad Prosniewski sought $2,500 bail for Cantave, noting his out-of-state address and a record of 10 arrests in Florida.

His attorney, Thomas Burke, told a judge that his client, originally from the West Indies, has lived in both Salem and in Florida and earned a certificate in computer programming from North Shore Community College. Burke said just two of the cases in Florida resulted in convictions, and he urged a lower bail of $1,000.

Salem District Court Judge Matthew Machera set bail at $1,500, with an order that Cantave stay away from the witnesses while the case is pending.

A status hearing is scheduled for Aug. 2.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.