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'We're starting to see a trend in more serious crimes being committed'

Zoe Greszler • Updated Apr 12, 2017 at 9:26 AM

MILAN — A local man accused of heinous crimes in Milan may be part of an alarming trend in the area.

Nickolas S. Moore, 34, of 17-B W. Church St., Milan, has been charged with six counts of rape against a child younger than 10, first-degree felonies, each punishable by up to life in prison, and four counts of gross sexual imposition. Two of the imposition charges are third degree felonies, while the other two are fourth degree felonies.

This was not the first suspected rape against a child younger than 10 in Milan, though.

In 2014, the Milan Police Department investigated a case against Andrew M. Schee, who was convicted of multiple counts of rape involving a 9-year-old girl in the village. He received life in prison without parole.

“I've been with the Milan Police Department for 16 year,” Chief Bob Meister said. “This was always known as a quiet, cozy, safe community. We want our citizens to continue to feel that way.

“We feel we're starting to see a trend in more serious crimes being committed in the village of Milan. We want to give them every assurance that our folks are out there protecting this community 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We will expend every resource available.”

Meister encouraged anyone who may be in or suspect a similar situation to “tell someone.”

“Don't feel like anything needs to be a secret,” he added. “Tell someone.”

To reach the Milan Police Department, call 419-499-2001.

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