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sabato 8 luglio 2017
Young paedo sentenced for sexually abusing underage girls
A former Brigham Young University student has been sentenced to serve jail time after reportedly sexually assaulting several underage girls and being found in possession of child pornography.
The defendant, Nicholas Lewis, 25, was sentenced Friday at Provo’s Fourth District Court by Judge Darold McDade to serve 300 days in the Utah County Jail.
Lewis will receive credit for the 198 days already served in jail.
Lewis has also been ordered by McDade to pay a fine of $1,122. This does not include restitution fines and fees.
Lewis was first arrested for his crimes in December 2016. Reports state an undercover officer posed as a 13-year-old online and Lewis engaged in sexual conversations with the officer.
During police interviews, Lewis told police he’d sexually assaulted several underage girls. Lewis said he lost track of how many times he sexually abused underage girls.
Lewis reportedly told police he’d molest girls younger than 5- or 6-years-old because he thought they wouldn’t remember the abuse.
One girl told police she’d been struggling with suicidal thoughts and she believed the abuse she suffered as a child at the hands of Lewis.
Lewis pleaded guilty in May 2017 to all three of his cases, the first being one second-degree felony of enticing a minor by the internet and one third-degree felony of dealing in materials harmful to minor.
The second case was one first-degree felony of attempted aggravated sexual abuse of a child, as was the third.
John Allan, Lewis’s attorney, said he acknowledges that it appears the sentence doesn’t match the crime. But Allan believes Lewis will receive counseling and support to turn his life around.
“The young man has a huge amount of potential. I think the judge saw that,” Allan said. “[The victims] were in there supporting him in not going to prison and going to jail.”
Once Lewis is released, he will be on probation for four years. He will be registered as a sex offender.