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KIRSTIE BEAN (LinkedIn)

Former youth counselor accused of sex assault waives arraignment


CONCORD — A former youth counselor at the Sununu Youth Services Center accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at the juvenile detention facility waived arraignment Wednesday.

Kirstie Bean, 25, of Concord, appeared Wednesday afternoon in Merrimack Superior Court with defense attorney Cathy Green, who told Judge Diane Nicolosi that her client had agreed to waive the formal hearing of the charges against her.

Nicolosi set bail at $2,000, an amount agreed to beforehand by Green and prosecutors.

Bean was indicted by a grand jury last month on four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault. She is accused of engaging in a pattern of sexual assault from August 2015 through August 2016.

The grand jury also returned misdemeanor charges against Bean, including one count of hindering apprehension or prosecution, alleging that between Nov. 5 and 7, 2015, the boy was with her when he failed to report back to the youth center, and false report, alleging that on Aug. 31, 2016, she falsely reported the teen stole her vehicle.

Bean is no longer employed at the center.