March 4, 2013

Bail doubled for Maine coach accused in online sex case

The former Noble High basketball coach posts the $10,000 shortly after Monday's hearing.

The former coach of the Noble High School boys' basketball team who is accused of trying solicit a teenage girl online for sex returned to jail briefly Monday after a hearing in which a judge doubled his bail.

Kenneth Kimber, 34, of Portsmouth, N.H., was arrested on Feb. 15 and charged with three counts of prohibited computer use and five counts of indecent exposure, all felonies. Police say he sent sexually explicit photos of himself to a girl who was younger than 16, and that he tried to encourage her to have sex.

It's not clear how Kimber might have known the girl. His arrest affidavit has been sealed because police are pursuing more information and additional charges, according to Portsmouth police prosecutor Rena DiLando.

On Monday, Kimber appeared in Portsmouth Circuit Court. DiLando requested higher bail in light of the fact that Kimber reportedly discussed the teenager's age, that the images he sent were on a school department server, and that the investigation could yield additional charges.

The judge doubled Kimber's original $5,000 bail to $10,000.

Kimber, who posted the initial bail last month, posted the higher bail later Monday afternoon, according to a Rockingham County Jail official.

Kimber had just finished his first season as coach of the Noble High boys' basketball team. Noble, which serves students from Berwick, North Berwick and Lebanon, finished 4-14 and did not make the playoffs.

Superintendent Steven Connolly said the allegations against Kimber did not surface until after the season but the district has "severed ties" with Kimber.

In addition to coaching, Kimber worked as an information technology employee in the Somersworth, N.H., school district. He has been fired from that job.

Police started investigating Kimber's online activity after getting an anonymous tip.

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