New Hampshire man charged with raping
teen in 10-month kidnap ordeal
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[December 18, 2014]
By Ted Siefer
MANCHESTER, N.H. (Reuters) - A New
Hampshire man repeatedly raped a teenage girl, binding her and using a
"Taser-like" device to punish her over the 10-month period he held her
in a shipping container, state prosecutors charged in court documents on
Nathaniel Kibby, 34, was charged with more than 150 counts of
felonious sexual assault against the victim, who was not identified
but is believed to be 15-year-old Abigail Hernandez, who disappeared
in October 2013 from the mountain town of Conway.
Her disappearance prompted a highly publicized campaign by her
family to find her, until she mysteriously returned home in July.
Until the release of the indictments on Wednesday, authorities and
the Hernandez family had shared little information about the
circumstances of her disappearance or return, while Kibby remained
held on $1 million cash bail on a single kidnapping charge.
Kibby intimidated the girl and attempted to destroy evidence
including gags, an anti-bark collar of the type used on dogs and a
fake surveillance camera, according to court papers. Descriptions of
alleged sex crimes were redacted in publicly available versions of
Prosecutors contend many of the acts occurred in a metal shipping
container Kibby kept behind his mobile home in Gorham.
According to the indictments, Kibby used a "Taser-like" device to
punish his victim on several occasions, including when she attempted
to "carve information" about Kibby into a letter she was compelled
to send to her mother. That letter, the indictment indicates, was
written in the interest of duping investigators.
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Kibby is scheduled to be arraigned on the charges next month.
Kibby's attorney, Jesse Friedman, maintained his client's innocence
but declined to discuss the case.
"These are in fact mere allegations, and Nate Kibby, like anyone
accused of a crime, is constitutionally entitled to the presumption
of innocence," he said in a statement.
If found guilty of all the charges, Kibby would face life in prison.
(Editing by Scott Malone and Eric Walsh)
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