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Nashua swimsuit model accused of breaking college boyfriend's nose during breakup

Union Leader Correspondent

March 23. 2018 9:26AM
Kathryn Mahoney of Nashua, a swimsuit model and student at Fairfield University, will appear in a Connecticut court next month related to charges that she assaulted her boyfriend. (Facebook)


NASHUA — Have you heard the one about the swimsuit model arrested after police said she broke her rugby player boyfriend’s nose when he broke up with her?

Well, don’t laugh. Kathryn Mahoney, 19, of Nashua will face a Connecticut judge next month on charges of second-degree assault and disorderly conduct.

Mahoney’s alleged attack went viral on social media after her boyfriend, Ben Kebbell, posted photographs of himself with a bloody nose on Snapchat; he was treated at a Connecticut hospital.

Mahoney is a freshman at Fairfield University, a member of the college swim team and a swimsuit model, her attorney said.

“The events of March 1, 2018 that led to Ms. Mahoney’s arrest are being inaccurately reported in the press,” attorney Frank Riccio II said in a statement to the New Hampshire Union Leader. “The real facts will soon be known. Once the truth is presented to the prosecution and the court, I am confident that Ms. Mahoney’s case will be resolved favorably.”

According to court documents, Mahoney was originally charged with third-degree assault, but the charge has since been upgraded to a felony charge of second-degree assault.

According to Connecticut media reports, Mahoney and her boyfriend are both swimmers at Fairfield University. Kebbell, who hails from Great Britain, is also a rugby player.

The Connecticut Post reports that police were called to the campus on March 1 when the boyfriend told police that Mahoney allegedly punched him in the nose and stomach after he suggested that they break up.

She was arrested and later released on $1,500 surety bond, according to court records.

Riccio said that at the time of her arrest, a protective order was issued, which is typical for cases classified as domestic violence. Last week, the court granted a request by Riccio to modify the order and amend it as a partial protective order since both students attend the same school and incidental contact may occur on campus, he said.

“I would ask that her privacy be respected at this time as she continues her education,” Riccio said in a statement.

A dispositional hearing is set for April 4 at a Bridgeport, Conn., courthouse, according to court documents. Fairfield police did not return a phone call and email seeking additional information about the incident. In Connecticut, a second-degree assault conviction carries a possible prison term of one to five years, and up to a $5,000 fine.

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