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Excusing depravity: Supporting a sexual predator

July 11. 2018 9:41PM

If a male guidance counselor in his 30s had sexually assaulted a 14-year-old student, would his former colleagues beg the court to show leniency?

We doubt it, but given the wall of silence protecting sexual predators at other New Hampshire schools, anything is possible.

Kristie Torbick pleaded guilty to four counts of felonious sexual assault against an Exeter High School freshman. Prosecutors sought a five- to 10-year sentence. Rockingham County Superior Court Judge Andrew Schulman gave her half that.

Representatives of the Bedford School District and Newfound Regional High School spoke on Torbick’s behalf. Rather than asking for leniency for a convicted child molester, we would have hoped school officials would be trying to determine if Torbick had victimized any students when she worked for them.

Bedford superintendent Chip McGee now says, “we regret attending the hearing in that it may have suggested, however incorrectly, that we support this horrible and illegal behavior.”

We don’t know if there are any other victims out there, but if there are, why would they possibly come forward after seeing their schools side with Torbick?

Torbick had access to children vulnerable to manipulation. The punishment for her crimes against a child is too light.

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