- Associated Press - Thursday, February 11, 2016

CONCORD, N.H. (AP) - A New Hampshire prosecutor dropped some charges against the man accused of kidnapping and raping a teenage girl over the course of nine months.

Nathaniel Kibby, of Gorham, still faces more than 200 charges when he’s tried in June in the kidnapping of a 14-year-old girl in October 2013.

But Cheshire County Attorney Chris McLaughlin on Thursday opted to dismiss charges that the 35-year-old Kibby made threats against the lead prosecutor in the case, Senior Assistant Attorney General Jane Young.

McLaughlin did not immediately return a call seeking comment on why he dropped the charges.

Young declined to comment.

Kibby’s lawyer, Jesse Friedman, called the outcome “correct and just,” saying the charges “lacked merit from the outset.”

A July indictment alleged that Kibby made vulgar threats about harming Young in a recorded phone call he made from prison in December 2014. The call was not made to Young.

The charges dropped Thursday include felony count of improper influence and two misdemeanors - criminal threatening and obstructing government administration.

The state maintains that Kibby kidnapped the then-14-year old girl on Oct. 9, 2013, as she walked home after classes at Kennett High School in Conway. Prosecutors said he then took her to his mobile home in Gorham.

Prosecutors say Kibby used death threats, a stun gun, zip ties and a shock collar to control the teen as he sexually assaulted her and held her captive.

She returned to her home July 20, 2014, but prosecutors and court documents have not detailed how that came about. According to court documents, she was able to identify Kibby because she spotted his full name inside a cookbook in his home.

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