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Orem man pleads guilty in two child sex abuse cases
Courts » Man admits molesting 6-year-old girls.
First Published Dec 11 2013 10:37 am • Last Updated Dec 15 2013 11:24 pm

An Orem man accused of molesting a child just days after posting bail in a separate child sex abuse case has pleaded guilty to charges.

Nicholas Simmonds, 19, was originally charged in June with three counts of sexual abuse of a child, all second-degree felonies. In that case, prosecutors allege he took a 6-year-old neighbor girl from her yard to a nearby secluded spot and fondled her several times through her clothing.

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After posting bail in that case, Simmonds was arrested four days later, and charged in August with attempted sexual abuse of a child, a third-degree felony, after he allegedly pulled down the panties of a different 6-year-old neighbor girl.

On Monday, Simmonds pleaded guilty in 4th District Court to one count of sexual abuse of a child and one count of attempted sexual abuse. The other charges were dismissed.

According to plea agreement documents, Simmonds admitted to fondling the first 6-year-old girl on May 24, and admitted to pulling down the pants of the other girl on July 23, after "asking her if she wanted to play a game."

Simmonds faces up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced on Feb. 3.

jmiller@sltrib.com

Twitter: @jm_miller




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