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Police: Claremont Couple Abused Two

Ashley Blood, left, and Kevin Blood shown in Claremont Police booking photographs.

Ashley Blood, left, and Kevin Blood shown in Claremont Police booking photographs.

Claremont — A Claremont couple is being held without bail after pleading not guilty to multiple counts of child sex abuse and production of child pornography.

A probable cause hearing for Kevin Blood and his wife, Ashley Blood, is scheduled for Dec. 16.

The Bloods, both 25, were arrested Thursday following an investigation into allegations that were first reported last month.

In Claremont Fifth District Court on Friday, Kevin Blood pleaded not guilty to two counts of aggravated felonious sexual assault, two counts of manufacture of child sexual abuse images and one count of falsifying evidence.

Ashley Blood pleaded not guilty to one count of aggravated felonious sexual assault and two counts of the manufacture of child sexual abuse images.

Claremont police initiated the investigation on Nov. 25 after receiving a phone call from police in another New Hampshire jurisdiction about the possible sexual assault of two young children who had been in the Bloods’ care.

According to the affidavit from Sgt. Emily Cobb of the Claremont Police Department, the alleged assaults occurred on Nov. 13 and Nov. 20 when the children were in Claremont at the Bloods’ home.

When the victims returned to their home, complaints by one of the children led to the call to police, who in turn contacted Claremont authorities.

On Monday, Claremont police paid their first visit to the Bloods’ home, an apartment in a multi-family house on Hanover Street.

Then on Wednesday, one of the victims was interviewed for the Claremont police by a forensic interviewer.

The child told authorities both children had been sexually abused by the Bloods, according to the affidavit.

On Thursday, police executed a search warrant for the Bloods’ apartment and confiscated several items from the Bloods’ bedroom that were consistent with items described to police in the interview with one of children.

After the Bloods’ home was searched, the couple came to the police department voluntarily to be interviewed, Cobb wrote in the affidavit.

“Both Kevin and Ashley Blood stated these sexual encounters occurred Nov. 13, 2013 and/or Nov. 20, 2013,” the affidavit states.

According to police, Kevin Blood also said in the interview that Ashley Blood recorded the assaults and kept digital copies of the videos. The affidavit states that when Kevin Blood learned that police were going to interview one of the children, he erased the video recordings.

Police retrieved the flash drive where the videos were stored and are attempting to “recover the deleted data,” the affidavit states.

Patrick O’Grady can be reached at ogrady56@yahoo.com.