Dec 17, 2014 4:57 PM
CONCORD - The N.H. Attorney General's office held a press conference Wednesday afternoon to address charges against Nathaniel Kibby who is accused of kidnapping a 14-year-old Conway girl.
Kibby, of Gorham, was indicted on 205 counts combined in Coos and Carroll counties. He is facing charges of sexual assault, kidnapping, indecent exposure, criminal threatening, witness tampering, sale of a controlled drug, second-degree assault and felonius use of a firearm. The grand jury findings reported that while allegedly keeping her in captivity, he sexually abused and tortured her.
The indictments detail the reasons for some of those charges, including accusations of taping the victims eyes shut, threatening to kill her parents, making her clean up DNA evidence of the sexual assaults, and laying a rifle on himself and asking her to shoot him.
The charges date back to October 2013 when the teenager disappeared from her North Conway home only to turn up nearly nine months later in July. A week later, she identified her alleged kidnapper as Nathaniel Kibby. He has been held in jail since then on $1 million cash bail.
The main focus of this press conference was about the victim - and even though her name and picture have been in the media spotlight ever since her disappearance - the AG's office has asked media outlets to refrain from naming her or showing her picture.
Kibby's attorney, Jesse Friedman, released a statement after the press conference.
"We maintain Nate Kibby's innocence. By N.H. Rules we are not able to respond publicly to the specifics of these allegations and will respond appropriately through the judicial process. It should be noted, however, that these are in fact mere allegations, and Nate Kibby, like anyone accused of a crime, is Constitutionally entitled to the presumption of innocence."
Kibby will remain in jail until he appears in Superior Court in both counties on Jan. 8 and 9.
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