Suspect held for court on indecent assault charge
TERRY AHNER/TIMES NEWS Brian Kibler, of Lehighton, is shown being escorted outside of the office of District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton on Wednesday. Kibler waived his right to a preliminary hearing, and will have his charges bound over to Carbon County court.
A Carbon County man charged with the indecent assault of a young girl will have his charges bound over to Carbon County court.
Brian Kibler, 39, of Lehighton, was scheduled to have a preliminary hearing Wednesday before District Judge William Kissner of Palmerton.
Instead, Kibler decided to waive his right to the hearing, and is scheduled to have a pretrial status conference at 9 a.m. July 5 in the Court of Common Pleas.
Kibler faces charges on two counts of indecent assault, and one count each of indecent exposure and corruption of minors.
He remains incarcerated in Carbon County Prison. His bail has been lowered to $100,000, 10-percent.
According to the affidavit of probable cause filed by Trooper Nicolas De La Iglesia of the Lehighton barracks:
The victim was a 10-11-year-old female known to Kibler at the time of the incident, according to the affidavit.
Sometime during 2011, when the victim was between 10 and 11 years of age, the victim came to Kibler's home in Franklin Township and spent the night, the affidavit says.
The victim related that Kibler had her dress in a thong and watch pornography with him. She further related that Kibler had her perform a sex act.
On Feb. 1, Kibler was interviewed at PSP Lehighton. The interview was non-custodial, and Kibler was aware that he was not under arrest.
Kibler confessed to trooper Pietkiewicz that the victim had performed the act. De La Iglesia was made aware of the confession, and entered the room.
De La Iglesia then requested that Kibler submit to an interview with him, and that the interview be consensually audio recorded. Kibler agreed, and provided a consensually recorded confession that the victim had performed the act for about one minute.
Kibler's account of the events in this incident mirrored the victim's account, except that he related the victim initiated this incident.