Former Exeter High counselor indicted in sexual assault
BRENTWOOD — A former Exeter High School guidance counselor has been indicted on charges she sexually assaulted a female student during two off-campus encounters.
Kristie S. Torbick, 37, of Lee, was indicted this month by a Rockingham County jury on two counts of felonious sexual assault. She also faces two counts of sexual assault.
According to the indictments, the assaults allegedly occurred in Exeter and Epping on Dec. 30, 2016.
The indictments followed Torbick's arrest in February during an Exeter police investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct involving a student who was under the age of 16.
The initial complaints that were filed in the Brentwood Circuit Court after her arrest accused Torbick of sexually assaulting the student while "in the course of therapeutic treatment."
Torbick was in her first year as a guidance counselor at Exeter High School. Before coming to Exeter, she worked as a counselor at Bedford High School for five years.
Michael Morgan, superintendent for School Administrative Unit 16, said Torbick resigned within days after her arrest.
The school cooperated with authorities when the investigation began, but Morgan said Thursday that school officials haven't heard from investigators about the case since Torbick resigned.
Torbick's attorney, Donna Brown, declined to comment Thursday on the indictments or any other aspects of the case.
Bedford Superintendent Chip McGee, who described Torbick as a "great counselor" during her time in Bedford, has said that she had a "great record" while she was employed at Bedford High School. He also said the district had not received any reports of similar allegations against Torbick during her time in Bedford.
Torbick remains free on $10,000 personal recognizance bail.
As part of her bail conditions, she's been ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim, her family, potential witnesses, or anyone else under the age of 18.