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Athol man arrested on sex crime charges

| December 13, 2020 1:00 AM

SPOKANE VALLEY -- A 37-year-old Athol man was arrested by the U.S. Marshalls Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force on Friday night and charged with multiple sex crimes against minors.

Kenneth Bernard Kimberly III was arrested at the Clock Tower Village Apartments in Spokane Valley on two outstanding felony warrants issued by the State of Idaho, the U.S. Marshals Service reported.

In August 2019, the Bonner County District Court in Sandpoint issued a warrant for Kimberly stemming from the charges of lewd and lascivious acts with a minor under the age of 16.

And in June of this year, Kootenai County District Court in Coeur d'Alene issued a warrant for Kimberly on the charge lewd conduct with a minor with a deadly weapon.

Kimberly was in his late 20s at the time of the alleged sex crimes against minors ranging between 6 and 11 years old, the U.S. Marshals Service reported.

Kimberly allegedly fled from Athol to Washington and assumed a new alias, the Marshals Service reported. He allegedly lived with his girlfriend, Arin Johnson, 40, who was charged with rendering criminal assistance in the second degree.

The Greater Idaho Fugitive Task Force in Coeur d'Alene is comprised of deputy U.S. Marshals and investigators from the Coeur d'Alene Police Department, Post Falls Police Department, Idaho State Police and Kootenai County Prosecutor's Office.