Kevin Steele is the Pennsylvania District Attorney prosecuting entertainer Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges.
But here in Palm Beach County, Steele is known as someone else: The son of a prominent Palm Beach County lawyer and a former student at St. Andrew’s School in Boca Raton.
Yes, everything has a Palm Beach County link somehow, including this high-profile trial.
Kevin Steele is the son of Rodman Steele, an intellectual property attorney who practices at the Duane Morris law firm. Rodman Steele lives in West Palm Beach with his wife, Karen.
Steele said his son, Kevin, grew up in the Philadelphia area but went to high school at St. Andrew’s.
Steele declined to discuss his son in greater deal because of the intense publicity surrounding the case.
Cosby is on trial for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting a Temple University employee in 2004. Cosby has maintained the sex was consensual.
During his 2015 campaign for district attorney, Steele pledged to reopen a 2005 case in which Temple employee Andrea Constant claimed Cosby sexually assaulted her at his home. At the time, a criminal investigation was commence but the matter was dropped, citing lack of evidence.
In the decade since the alleged incident took place, more than 50 women have come forward with similar allegations against Cosby. But Constand’s claim is the only criminal case to arise from the accusations.
The trial is taking place in Norristown, Penn. So Rodman Steele has been in Pennsylvania giving his son moral support during the start of the trial, which began Monday, June 5.
At day’s end, Rodman Steele had this to say: “Just finishing an incredibly long day.”