P.C. man pleads not guilty to rape charges

PORT CLINTON A Port Clinton man accused of rape and multiple sex offenses involving a 14-year-old gi
May 24, 2010



A Port Clinton man accused of rape and multiple sex offenses involving a 14-year-old girl pleaded not guilty to the charges Monday in Ottawa County Common Pleas Court.

Lesley Nickel, 49, 5100 block of W. Harbor Road, is charged with one felony count each of rape and sexual battery, five counts of disseminating matter harmful to juveniles, 10 felony counts of gross sexual imposition, 10 misdemeanor counts each of sexual imposition and voyeurism and 13 misdemeanor counts of public indecency.

Nickel was released Monday after the judge decided not to set a bond, said Ottawa County Assistant Prosecutor Lorrain Croy.

His pre-trial hearing is set for November, and jury trial is scheduled for December.

An Ottawa County grand jury returned a secret indictment against Nickel on Friday. Secret indictments are not made public until the person is arrested.

A secret indictment is sometimes used when a person could be a flight risk, although that is not necessarily the case with Nickel, said Carol Flick, assistant administrator in the Ottawa County Prosecutor's Office.

After a joint investigation by the Ottawa County Job and Family Services and Ottawa County Sheriff's Office, investigators determined the rape and various sexual offenses began in December and occurred until September, according to their reports.

Nickel allegedly fondled the girl and performed oral sex on her. On one day in particular, Nickel touched himself inappropriately while he was with the girl and also asked her to touch herself, the reports said.

The girl told investigators Nickel watched her shower on several occasions via a peep hole in a separate room, which investigators confirmed after obtaining a search warrant for his house, the reports said.

Nickel also walked around his house naked while the girl was present and showed her pornographic materials on his T.V. and computer, according to reports.

Deputies seized several items from his house, including two computers and pornographic materials.