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Defendant Convicted of Child Sexual Assault Charges

DATE:  October 31, 2017

CASE:  Peter Nicholas (Case #16FE016102)

PROSECUTOR:  Deputy District Attorney TeriAnn Grimes, Special Assault & Child Abuse Unit

Peter Nicholas pled no contest to two counts of sexual assault of a child 10 years old or under, and admitted to a 2003 prior strike for sexually assaulting a child under 14 years of age.  

Nicholas was a friend of the victims’ family and would often stay at their house on weekends.  Nicholas would sexually assault the two girls who lived in the house whenever he had the opportunity.  The assaults occurred over a seven-year period when the victims were between the ages of 3 and 12.  Neither victim knew the other was also being assaulted.  The oldest victim disclosed her abuse to her mother after receiving encouragement from her friend. 

Nicholas faces a maximum sentence of 60 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for November 17, 2017, at 1:30 p.m. in Department 24 before the Honorable Shelleyanne Chang. 


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