Kirstie Bean

MANCHESTER, N.H. — Police say a former detention center youth counselor has been arrested after she was accused of sexually assaulting a teenager who was being held at the detention center.

Prosecutors said Kirstie Bean, 25, worked as a counselor at the Sununu Youth Center in Manchester. In criminal complaints, Bean was accused of buying alcohol in April and giving it to a 15-year-old boy who was a resident at the center, as well as to an 18-year-old.

Bean is accused of inappropriately touching the 15-year-old at some point between June and August. The criminal complaint for the charge of felonious sexual assault said that Bean had disciplinary authority over the teenager at the time.

She was also charged with endangering the welfare of the 15-year-old in late August by letting him drive her car during their year-long relationship.

After the police began an investigation, she reportedly she contacted the boy by phone and told him he shouldn't speak about their relationship to anyone.

The former teacher, from Manchester, New Hampshire faces 12 charges which will be heard in three separate courts.

She faces one count each of sexual assault and witness tampering plus three counts of endangering a child's welfare.

Additional charges of aggravated sexual assault, hindering apprehension or prosecution, endangering the welfare of a child and sale of firearms to minors have been filed in courts in Laconia and Concord.

While on bail Bean has been banned from having contact with anyone under the age of 16 and prevented from going within 1,000 feet of the detention center.

She started working there as a youth counselor in August 2014.

Before that she had been employed as a summer camp counselor and a substitute teacher, according to her LinkedIn profile.

Bean wrote on her Twitter account: "The ones I pity are the ones who never stick out their neck for something they believe, never know the taste of moral struggle, & never the thrill of victory."

Bean is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 9.

By Lena Sullivan 12/31/2016 10:40:00

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