Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Man Arrested For Sex Assault On 12 Year Old Girl

A 49-year-old Massachusetts man was arrested yesterday after he had oral sex with a 12-year-old Bay Shore girl in a Hauppauge hotel, police said.

Clarence A. Nichols, 49, of Lynn, Mass., was charged with a first-degree criminal sexual act, a felony punishable by a maximum term of 25 years.

Nichols met the girl in an Internet chat room in July, said Det. Sgt. Thomas Groneman, and had several conversations with her online and by telephone, Groneman said. Nichols arranged to meet the girl on Saturday at the South Shore Mall in Bay Shore, Groneman said. Groneman did not release the name of the girl, but said, "There was no way you could mistake her for anything other than a child. "

Nichols took the girl to the Holiday Inn Express on Express Drive South in Hauppauge and assaulted her, Groneman said. The girl then went home and told her mother, who then took the girl to a local hospital where officials called police.Nichols was arrested at 2:10 a.m. yesterday at the hotel, arraigned in Central Islip and held in the Suffolk County jail in Riverhead on $20,000 cash bail. He is not listed on any sex offender registries, Groneman said.

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