Mar 17, 2016 2:08 PM
DOVER - A man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a teenage girl for months appeared in court Thursday, as his attorneys argued against consolidating charges they said do not directly connect to the case.
Nathaniel Kibby, 34, of Gorham is facing more than 200 charges in connection with a 2013 kidnapping. Prosecutors say he held a young teenage girl against her will and sexually assaulted her several times over the course of nine months.
Defense attorneys and prosecutors have agreed to consolidate the charges so the trial can be held in one courtroom.
Thursday, Kibby's attorneys said a forgery charge should not be included in the consolidation, arguing it would confuse jurors because the witness is an alleged prostitute.
"..allegations that Mr. Kibby provided money to someone in exchange for sex, and there’s going to be a lot of discussion and a lot of presentation with a particular witness related to that specific issue, and I don’t think that anyone can deny the prejudice that comes with that," said defense attorney John Bresaw.
According to indictments from December of 2015, Kibby had printed fake U.S. currency.
The state argued the forgery charge is related and may be the reason the girl was able to leave, because Kibby was concerned he was going to get caught making the money.
A judge did not issue an immediate ruling. Jury selection is set to begin in June.
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