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SCHOOL PRINCIPAL ARRESTED FOR RAPE

BSO Case Number: 11-1402-005651
PIO Number: 14-3-8
Date: October 26, 2013
Time: 1 p.m.
Place of Occurrence: Flagler High School, 1951 W. Copans Road, Pompano Beach
Jurisdiction: Pompano Beach

Victim(s):

  • adult female

Suspect(s):

  • Peter Nicholson, male, 55, 5/5/58, 7555 Live Oak Dr., Coral Springs (IN CUSTODY)

Description of Incident:

Broward Sheriff’s Office Special Victims Unit detectives arrested a charter school principal Wednesday on a rape charge for an October assault on a female employee.

Peter Nicholson, 55, of Coral Springs was charged with one count of sexual assault. Nicholson and the employee were both at work at Flagler High School around 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26 when he approached her and made advances. She told him repeatedly to stop, but he forcibly pulled her pants down and had sex with her against her will. Nicholson later apologized to the victim for abusing his authority. He did not speak to BSO detectives.

The victim reported the crime to deputies on Feb. 21, months after the Oct. 26 incident. She said she had been afraid she would lose her job if she tried to fight Nicholson and if she reported the rape. Experts say that, for a variety of reasons, it is common for victims of sexual violence to delay reporting or never to report such crimes to law enforcement.

Anyone with additional information is asked to contact BSO Special Victims Unit Det. Joe Ventura at 954-321-4240. Victims of sexual violence in need of help in Broward County can contact the Nancy J. Cotterman Center, the county’s certified rape crisis center at (954) 357-5775 or call the 24-hour rape hotline number at (954) 761-RAPE (7273).

INVESTIGATORS: SVU Det. Ventura, Sgt. Sudman 
THIS REPORT BY: Dani Moschella/PIO 3/6/14 1100

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