The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

November 27, 2013

Errett sentenced to more prison time, labeled sexually violent predator

By Melissa Klaric
Herald Staff Writer

MERCER — A local man serving a 2- to 4-year sentence for having a sexual relationship with a minor on Tuesday accrued prison time for similar charges in a separate case.

Nicholas Blake Errett, 32, formerly of Farrell, was ordered to serve 5 to 10 years concurrent to his previous conviction then 10 years’ probation after his release.

The Sexual Offenders Assessment Board said Errett meets the statute of being a sexually violent predator, and Mercer County Common Pleas Judge Thomas R. Dobson agreed.

Errett pleaded guilty in October to 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. Charges of rape and indecent assault were dropped.

Laura Ditka, who prosectued the case, contended that Errett has shown a pattern behavior. In both cases, the girls were adolescents when they met, ages 12 and 14, police said. He asked both girls to keep quiet, was deceptive and took pornographic pictures.

In Errett’s defense, his lawyer Charles F. Gilchrest said significant factors determine that Errett should not be stuck with the label. He said Errett was young when it happened, he has no mental health issues, no drug problem and no criminal record other than the previous conviction.

“He ruined them,” Ditka said of the victims. “That he wasn’t on drugs is worse, and being older doesn’t make a difference to his preying on young girls.”

Errett reiterated an apology to the current victim and her family, as he did a year ago to the other girl.

“I am ashamed of who I was,” Errett said.

Dobson said it was troubling in that he doesn’t know where the behavior is coming from.

“It’s who you are,” Dobson said. “This is going to follow you.”