The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

August 28, 2013

Nicholas Errett pleads guilty to felony sex charges involving teen girl

By Joe Pinchot
Herald Staff Writer

SHENANGO VALLEY — Nicholas B. Errett, 32, formerly of Farrell, pleaded guilty to charges of involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, statutory sexual assault, aggravated indecent assault, sexual abuse of children, unlawful contact with a minor, dissemination of obscene material involving a minor and criminal use of a cellular telephone.

The most serious charges are involuntary deviate sexual intercourse and unlawful contact, both first-degree felonies punishable by up to 10 to 20 years in prison.

Prosecutors withdrew charges of rape and indecent assault.

Errett will be evaluated by the Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. If the board deems Errett a sexually violent predator and the sentencing judge agrees, Errett’s reporting and counseling requirements will be more stringent.

State police charged Errett with having  sexual relations with girl between 2002 and 2004, started when she was 13 and he was 20, in various locations in Hermitage.

The girl, now 25, told police Errett told her he was 16 when the relationship began and he game her a false name, police said. After she turned 18, the girl learned of his real age and name, police said.

Errett took photographs of the girl performing sex acts on him and sent them to her through email, police said. He also sent her photos of his penis, police said.

The victim filed a report with police in November, after Errett contacted her by text message and asked her whether she had contacted police or lawyers, police said. He also told the girl he would “confess in court” and “sign any document you want” if she waits until after his father dies, police said.

Errett pleaded guilty a year ago to charges of statutory sexual assault, unlawful contact with a minor and dissemination of obscene material for having sexual encounters in 2006 in Sharpsville and Hermitage with a girl who was then 15, police said. He was 24.

He was sentenced in November to 2 to 4 years in prison followed by 10 years’ probation.