Child sex-assault suspect declines plea agreement
NASHUA – Although prosecutors offered sexual assault suspect Kimberly Duthie a plea agreement, according to court documents, she elected instead to go to trial on the four felony charges that accuse her of molesting a young boy for several years.
After a status hearing on Duthie’s case Wednesday in Hillsborough County Superior Court-South, the clerk’s office scheduled her trial to begin with jury selection on June 3, according to Duthie’s case file.
A notation in the file states Duthie didn’t accept the plea agreement offer because she is “asserting (her) innocence.”
Testimony in her trial will begin once the jury is seated. The testimony phase is expected to take four days, the file states.
Duthie, 38, of 6 Adams Hill Road in Greenville, was indicted in June on two counts of pattern sexual assault, which is classified a special felony that accuses the defendant of committing sexual assault-related offenses over a period of time that is more than two months, but less than five years.
One of the charges accuses Duthie of “rubbing and squeezing” the boy’s penis on more than one occasion between Sept. 1, 2015 and March 6, 2017, in Greenville.
The second one alleges she committed the offense more than once between Oct. 1, 2013 and March 6, 2017, in both Greenville and Greenfield.
The other two indictments are on the charges of aggravated felonious sexual assault-victim under age 13, a special felony, and felonious sexual assault-sexual contact, also a felony. The accusations are similar to those in the pattern sexual assault indictments.
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