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Ex-high school guidance counselor to plead guilty to sexually assaulting student

Union Leader Correspondent

July 03. 2018 8:32AM

BRENTWOOD — A former Exeter High School guidance counselor faces the possibility of several years in prison when she pleads guilty to sexually assaulting a student next week.

Kristie Torbick, 39, of Lee, is expected to plead guilty on July 9 to four counts of felonious sexual assault for incidents involving a 14-year-old victim that allegedly occurred in Epping, Exeter and Lee.

Assistant County Attorney Melissa Fales said she will ask a Rockingham County Superior Court judge to sentence Torbick to five to 10 years in prison.

Torbick, who worked as a guidance counselor at Bedford High School before taking a job in Exeter, was indicted last year on three counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, four counts of felonious sexual assault and two counts of sexual assault.

Fales said the guilty pleas will relate only to the felonious sexual assault charges.

Torbick is accused of sexually assaulting the student on Dec. 30, 2016, in Exeter and Epping. She allegedly sexually assaulted the student again in early January 2017 in Lee.

The Lee charges, which were brought by the Strafford County Attorney’s Office, are being handled by the Rockingham County Attorney’s Office.

In her notice of intent to plead guilty filed in late June, Torbick’s defense lawyer, Mark Sisti, indicated that he will ask for any prison time to be suspended for 10 years and that Torbick have no contact with the alleged victim and no unsupervised contact with children under 18 with the exception of her own children. She would also be required to register as a sex offender.

Torbick turned herself in to Exeter police in early February 2017 after they launched an investigation into a report they received in January 2017 regarding alleged sexual misconduct involving a faculty member and a student.

Torbick was in her first year as a guidance counselor at Exeter High School. She spent five years as a counselor in Bedford, where Superintendent Chip McGee has said she had a “great record” and was a “great counselor” for many students.

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