November 20, 2012

Teenager pleads guilty to child molest

Suspect could face 8-year sentence

by Caitlin Huston

LOGANSPORT — A 19-year-old Logansport teenager awaits a Dec. 17 sentencing hearing after pleading guilty Monday to molesting a 13-year-old girl.

Todd Allen Nicholas pleaded guilty to the class B felony pursuant to a plea agreement. If Cass Superior Court II Rick Maughmer accepts the agreement, Nicholas will face an eight-year sentence with the Department of Correction.

At the plea hearing, Nicholas admitted that he had sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl between Jan. 7 and July 24. He agreed when Cass County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Swaim said he had started a relationship with the girl after they met at a skating rink.

The sentence would be split up into six years executed, two years on work release, two years on in-home detention and three years on probation. Under the agreement, Nicholas would also be required to have no contact with the victim and to write an apology letter to her parents.

Nicholas is represented by public defender Lisa Traylor-Wolff.

The possible penalty for a class B felony is six to 20 years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000.

Nicholas remains in jail on a bond of $5,000 cash or $25,000 surety.

Caitlin Huston is a staff reporter of the Pharos-Tribune. She can be reached at 574-732-5148 or