A 44-year-old man has been convicted of molesting a girl when he was living with a family in San Bruno, the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office said today.
Marc Anthony Nichols was on trial for nine days and, after three days of deliberation, a jury found him guilty of five felony charges, including committing a lewd act with a child and committing oral copulation with a child. He was acquitted on a false imprisonment charge, and he faces up to 25 years to life when he appears for sentencing in December.
According to the district attorney’s office, Nichols rented a room in 2008 in a home where a woman lived with her 7-year-old daughter.
One night, Nichols and the girl were watching TV in the living room when he grabbed her and fondled her chest. The girl ran upstairs to try to get away, but he followed her into a bedroom where he further touched her inappropriately against her will, according to the district attorney’s office.
The girl’s mother later confronted Nichols after her daughter complained, and when Nichols ran from the house the mother slashed the tires on his car.
On the next day, Nichols went to the police station to report that his car had been vandalized, but instead he was arrested, the district attorney’s office said.
The next month, after posting bail, Nichols fled to Colorado, the district attorney’s office said.
He was later caught in Colorado after he got pulled over for a routine traffic stop and police noticed a warrant for his arrest in California, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.
Nichols now remains in custody without bail. His attorney didn’t respond to a call for comment.