Dec 4, 2014
Oct 30, 2014
Oct 2, 2014
Sep 25, 2014
Former Portsmouth school worker sentenced for sexually assaulting student
Kenneth Kimber, 35, of Portsmouth was sentenced 3 to 8 years in state prison on Thursday for sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl. Kimber was a Portsmouth school employee at the time of his arrest. (James Kimble/Union Leader Correspondent)
Judge Marguerite Wageling told Kenneth Kimber, 35, of Portsmouth during his sentencing hearing Thursday in Rockingham County Superior Court that he was lucky to dodge a longer stretch in prison.
Kimber pleaded guilty on Oct. 17 to single counts of felonious sexual assault, indecent exposure and two counts of prohibited uses of a computer.
He began communicating with the girl through Facebook between Feb. 3 and Feb. 11, and sent the girl a picture of his genitals with an explicit message before picking her up and driving her to his apartment for sex, according to prosecutors.
Assistant County Attorney Patricia Conway said that if Kimber had been convicted at trial, "the state would be asking for a lot more than three to 8 (years) stand committed."
Prosecutors negotiated a plea deal to spare the victim, who they say has been "affected tremendously" by Kimber's actions.
Kimber worked for the Portsmouth school district's information technology department and coached a boy's basketball team at Noble High School in Berwick, Maine, when he was arrested by Portsmouth police.
New Hampshire and Maine school officials promptly fired him after he was charged.
The girl's mother told Wageling during Thursday's hearing how Kimber's actions led her daughter to attempt suicide multiple times, and miss school because she was being harassed there.
Kimber could have faced up to 3 ½ to 7 years in prison on each of the charges had he been convicted at trial.
READER COMMENTS: 1
- Maine police search car belonging to husband of Londonderry shooting victim - 0
- Man arrested after chase, threatening to shoot police in Bow - 0
- Good Samaritan pins Manchester purse snatcher - 0
- Police look for Laconia sub shop robber - 0
- Claremont man indicted on two charges of arson - 0
- Police hunt pair they believe attacked couple at Rochester motel - 0
- Phone evidence likely allowed in Hampstead home invasion trial - 0
- Grand jury indicts one of three men accused in murder of Madbury teen - 0
- Piano teacher wants statement tossed before sex assault trial - 1
READER COMMENTS: 0
- Homeless man who saved woman from river: 'I don't consider myself a hero' - 9
- High School Basketball: Rivalries renewed in QCIBT - 0
- Dave D'Onofrio's Patriots Notebook: Will they get everything on their list? - 0
- Tuohy brothers add new restaurant in familiar spot - 0
- New Horizons volunteers deliver groceries and good cheer, making Christmas special - 0
- Charles Arlinghaus: The fiscal mismanagement in Washington is a choice - 26
- 'Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus' - 0
Londonderry schools placed on lockdown after soldier's unplanned visit to high school causes alarm
Police say woman tried to steal 15 iPads
- Whom do you think bears the brunt of the blame for the mayhem this weekend in Keene?
- KSC students
- KSC administration
- Visitors from out of town
- A combination of any/all of the above
- Total Votes: 2483