KENNEWICK, Wash. (KEPR/KOMO) - A former paraeducator at a Kennewick-area middle school has been accused of helping set up her husband, a corrections officer, with a 13-year-old girl at the school, court records show.
Kimberlee Ann Farber, 27, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Benton County Superior Court to a charge of communicating with a minor for immoral purposes.
Prosecutors allege she helped husband, Roy David Farber, communicate with the 13-year-old victim - by passing love notes and even a secret cell phone so the girl could receive sexually explicit texts and photos from him.
Kimberlee Farber was fired from her job at Chinook Middle School after the charges became public.
Roy Farber, 31, a corrections officer at the Two Rivers Correctional Institution in Umatilla, was charged earlier this month with sexual exploitation of a minor, possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct and communication with a minor for immoral purposes.
According to court records, Roy Farber and the girl sent explicit text messages to one another, including pictures, using the secret cell phone.
Investigators say the scheme came to an end when the parents of the girl found the phone and turned it over to police.
Officers arrested the Farbers earlier this month and searched the couple's home, confiscating computers and cell phones for additional evidence.
Judge Alex Ekstrom ordered Kimberlee Farber not to talk to any of the witnesses in the case - including her husband. She was also ordered to surrender her passport and any firearms to Kennewick police.
The judge also told her to stay away from all underage children other than her stepson.
Farber's next court appearance is set for Feb. 22, with a trial date on April 16.