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Ex-counselor accused of sexually assaulting teen faces more charges spanning 4 counties

  • Kirstie Bean (right) sits with lawyer Cathy Green at Merrimack County Superior Court in May after posting bail and waiving arraignment on several Merrimack County charges. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file

  • Kirstie Bean (right) sits with her lawyer at Merrimack County Superior Court on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 where she posted bail in sex assault case and waived her arraignment. GEOFF FORESTER / Monitor file



Monitor staff
Thursday, November 30, 2017

A former Sununu Youth Services Center counselor accused of sexually assaulting a teenager sentenced to the juvenile detention facility is facing nearly two dozen criminal charges for separate acts in four New Hampshire counties.

Kirstie Bean, 25, of Concord was first indicted in Merrimack County in April on four counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, as well as misdemeanor charges of false report to law enforcement and hindering apprehension or prosecution. She is accused of sexually assaulting the teenager on more than one occasion, including at her Concord apartment, between August 2015 and August 2016.

Authorities brought new charges this month against Bean for similar alleged acts involving the same victim in Gorham, Laconia and Manchester. By agreement, the three cases never made it before separate grand juries in those jurisdictions; rather, Bean waived that right and entered pleas of not guilty to the felony complaints as filed by county prosecutors.

She faces seven additional counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, six counts of felonious sexual assault and two counts of witness tampering, as well as several misdemeanor charges that include sale of a handgun to a minor and sexual assault.

Bean recently reached an agreement with prosecutors to have the cases against her in Belknap, Coos, Hillsborough and Merrimack counties consolidated into one case. As a result, a Merrimack County Superior Court judge will preside over all future hearings.

Prosecutors allege Bean used her position of authority as an employee of the youth detention center to coerce the teenager, who was detained there, to have sex with her. On at least one occasion, the boy was on furlough, meaning he had been granted temporary leave from the center.

Bean is accused of having sexual intercourse and oral sex with the then-15-year-old at a Laconia residence and inside a vehicle parked in the city, as well as in a tent in Gorham. Additionally, prosecutors allege Bean gave the boy a .40-caliber pistol, and told him not to discuss their “relationship” after she learned of a possible police investigation.

Bean, who no longer works at the detention center, is out of jail on $5,000 personal recognizance bail, according to a Nov. 15 bail order. She is not permitted to enter the Sununu Youth Services Center in Manchester or to have contact with any juveniles detained or formerly detained.

A tentative trial date has been scheduled for June 2018.

(Alyssa Dandrea can be reached at 369-3319, adandrea@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @_ADandrea.)