Apr 1, 2016 5:19 PM

Victim of former Portsmouth High School worker convicted of rape says he should have been monitored


PORTSMOUTH - New details about a former Portsmouth High School IT worker convicted of raping a student have emerged.

Court papers in a civil lawsuit filed by the victim revealed that the then high school worker Kenneth Kimber also stored pornographic photos on his school computer. In her description, the victim said the IT department is to blame in part for not noticing the photos.

"If somebody was looking over what he was doing, then it all could have been prevented," she said.

In a statement filed in the U.S. District Court, expert witness and information security engineer Jennifer Heffner backed up the victims claims and said, "use of an IP scanner or regular auditing of Mr. Kimber’s actions as an administrator would have uncovered the hidden file."

The school department argued that the lawsuit should be dismissed, saying they had no evidence pointing towards Kimber's actions.

The school district fired Kimber when he pleaded guilty to the charges in 2013.

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