Jared D. Nichols, 32, most recently of 575 W. Pearl St., pleaded guilty May 6 to gross sexual imposition, a fourth-degree felony. That is reduced is from his original charge, sexual battery, a third-degree felony. The Norwalk Police Department investigated the Dec. 15 offense.
When Nichols is sentenced July 24, he faces six to 18 months behind bars. According to court records, he is expected to be classified as a Tier I sex offender, which has a registration requirement of 15 years. Nichols remains out on a $10,000 bond and is prohibited from having any contact with the victim.
This isn’t the first time Nichols has been convicted of a sex crime.
On Nov. 8, 2006, he pleaded guilty to attempted gross sexual imposition. Norwalk officers investigated the Aug. 20, 2006 incident. Court records further indicate that on June 21, 2010, Nichols was successfully released from five years of probation.
In October 2013, Nichols was considered a “fugitive from justice” in connection with a warrant issued through Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court. He was charged with failure of notice of his change of address. Court records indicate the defendant lived in Norwalk at the time.