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Local business owner facing child molestation charge

The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office believes a Manchester resident and local business owner charged with molesting a child last month may have several more victims, according to spokesman Scott Wilson.

Leonard Kent Hibbard, 61, pleaded guilty last month to one count of first-degree child molestation in Kitsap County Superior Court, and is currently awaiting trial after being released on a $25,000 bond.

Wilson said his office began investigating Hibbard — who owns Hibbard construction and, according to Wilson, was involved with many activities, including youth programs, at the Port Orchard Church of the Nazarene — after an allegation of child rape was reported.

According to Det. Doug Dillard, five additional victims — all girls aged 8 to 11 — have been identified, and a sixth victim, now an adult, has come forward alleging molestation by Hibbard that occurred several years ago.

Wilson said investigators be-lieve that there may be additional victims who may have been afraid to report the offenses.

Anyone with information concerning child sexual assault/ molestation situations, is asked to contact Detective Doug Dillard at 337-5617 or 337-7107.

All information will remain confidential.

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