A 43-year-old man from Keene was arrested in Helena, Mont., recently on suspicion of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 16.
Jirad Bernard Kinney is charged with felony sexual intercourse without consent, felony sexual abuse of a child and two felony counts of distribution of methamphetamine.
Kinney appeared before Justice of the Peace Judge Michael Swingley on Monday. Swingley set Kinney’s bail at $40,000 and ordered him to have no contact with people under age 16. Kinney requested a public defender at the hearing.
Each of these crimes is alleged to have occurred on Feb. 27. On that day, Helena police officer Steven Cornish was advised of a video posted to social media that depicted a juvenile smoking methamphetamine. Cornish reported he was able to confirm the juvenile’s identity from prior involvements.
According to court documents, the juvenile could be seen being assisted in smoking the meth by an unknown man, who was later identified by his New Hampshire driver’s license as Kinney.
The girl is under the statutory age of consent. Kinney allegedly asked her via text message to “send me something,” which prompted her to send him nude photos of herself engaging in sexual conduct.