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Former Portsmouth school employee granted lower bail on sex assault charge
Kenneth Kimber, 34, petitioned a Rockingham Superior Court judge for an expedited bail hearing after being jailed last month on a charge of attempted felonious sexual assault.
He is being held on $15,000 cash bail, and is expected to appear in Rockingham Superior Court this morning.
Kimber is facing eight other charges of indecent exposure and prohibited uses of a computer for trying to lure the girl to his apartment for sex between Feb. 3 and Feb. 9.
Police say Kimber had made arrangements to pick up the girl and bring her back to his apartment on Feb. 3 after communicating with her through Facebook. He also had contact with the girl through Facebook on Feb. 8 and 9, encouraging her to come to his apartment in Portsmouth before work, and sending her a photo in which he exposed himself, according to court complaints.
At the time of his arrest, Kimber was working for the Portsmouth School District's information technology department and coached a boy's basketball team at Noble High School in Berwick, Maine, police said.
Kimber was fired from both jobs as a result of his arrest, according to school officials.
Prosecutors said at Kimber's last court hearing, in March, that he could face additional charges.
A grand jury could indict him on felony charges. He was first arrested in February after a tip from Seacoast Crime Stoppers set off an investigation by the state's Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
According to court documents, Kimber is barred from having contact from at least three minors and their families.
Defense lawyer Joseph Prieto said in a court motion that his client poses no danger to the public and is not a flight risk. Prosecutors have not yet responded to that claim.
A circuit judge previously ruled that a judge should hold what's known as a "Nebbia" hearing for Kimber if he attempts to post bail. A Nebbia proceeding is held to hear the defendant's proof that bail money was not illegally obtained.
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