Nickolas S. Moore, 34, most recently of 17-B W. Church St., Milan, has been charged with six counts of rape against a child younger than 10. Each first-degree felony is punishable by up to life in prison.
Moore also is charged with four counts of gross sexual imposition. Two of the charges are third-degree felonies, while the other two are fourth-degree felonies.
Milan Police Chief Bob Meister said there are a few things that come into play with determining the degree of gross sexual imposition charges, including "finding out exactly what took place — what specifically happened."
These are Moore’s first felonies and his first criminal case in Erie County.
According to the chief, who called the case “a very serious crime,” he received the original call alerting him to the matter from Firelands Regional Medical Center emergency room the morning of March 30. A nurse explained a mother brought her child in, fearing that the child may have been sexually abused and was requesting a medical examination.
"I made initial phone contact with the mother who wasn't free to speak initially because she was still in the room with her child," he said.
Following the initial phone call with Meister, medical personnel performed an examination. Erie County Children's Services also conducted a video interview with the victim.
“I asked (the) investigator to stop in with the mother on their way out there because I needed to get into the apartment and gather some evidence. ... (Moore) works nights,” Meister said, adding they saw the man upon entering the apartment building.
“I introduced myself and explained that there were some allegations made and we’d like him to come to the station for a chat. He didn't feel comfortable with that and declined to speak with me any further and I told him we were going to go ahead and seize some things for evidence.”
While the medical examination and more extensive interview were pending, Meister and his men wasted no time.
“We felt we needed to move quickly on this because there were exigent circumstances involved in this," he said. “Shortly after three that afternoon, I had a conversation with the prosecutor's office, and they authorized two initial charges of rape of a child under the age of 10.”
Moore was arrested at his apartment without incident March 30. He remains in the Erie County Jail with a $500,000 bond.
The investigation, which remains ongoing, soon unearthed that this was not a first or second sex crime against the victim, but police said they “believe it was a recurring thing, sadly.”
An Erie County grand jury heard testimony April 7 on the investigation and four additional counts of rape and four counts of gross sexual imposition were added to the two initial rape charges, leading to the 10 total charges. The indictment for the 10 charges was officially served Monday.
Evidence was sent to the Bureau of Criminal Investigation (BCI) in Bowling Green for analysis.
Erie County Common Please Judge Beverly McGookey was assigned the case. Moore’s court date was undetermined at the time of press.