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Post Falls Man Sentenced To 25 Years For Lewd Conduct With A Minor

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POST FALLS, Idaho - District Judge Lansing Haynes sentenced Post Falls resident Daniel Eugene Nichols, 51, to serve 25 years up to life in prison for two counts of lewd conduct with a minor under the age of sixteen, with the first fifteen years of the sentence being fixed, and the remaining ten being indeterminate, with credit for time served.

Nichols was tried and found guilty on March 7 and 8th of the lewd conduct charges relating to his engaging in inappropriate touching with an eleven year old girl. Nichols had become friends with the victim and her family, and lured the girl into his garage where the conduct occurred. Nichols denied any inappropriate conduct during the trial.

Nichols already has a prior convictions in 1990 for Child Molestation in Washington, in 1992 for felony Malicious Mischief, in 1994 for Communicating with a Minor for Immoral Purposes, in 2004 for Domestic Violence, in 2006 for DUI, in 2008 for Domestic Violence, and for other misdemeanor driving offenses.

Judge Haynes considered Nichols' prior convictions and current offense conduct in determining that a long sentence of imprisonment was appropriate to protect society from future harm from his predatory conduct.

Prosecuting Attorney Barry McHugh praised the work of the Post Falls Police Department and noted that "the fixed term guarantees that Nichols will not be able to victimize other children for an extended period of years."

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