BARRE — A Northfield man has been put on probation after police say he molested three girls while he was babysitting them.
Nathan Decere, 44, pleaded no contest Friday in Washington County criminal court in Barre to a felony count of cruelty to a child by subjecting them to sexual conduct and two misdemeanor counts of prohibited conduct by open and gross lewdness. Decere was sentenced to 18 months to two years, all suspended. He was given a five year deferred sentence and placed on probation.
Decere had been charged with three felony counts of lewd and lascivious conduct with a child but the charges were amended per the plea agreement.
Officer Karie Tucker, of the Northfield police, said in her affidavit she was made aware of a sexual assault investigation in July 2017. Tucker said the case involved two 11-year-old girls and a 13-year-old girl. She said the case was opened in December 2016 when the oldest girl told her therapist that Decere had molested her.
The girl told her therapist Decere had molested the other two girls as well, according to court records.
The 13-year-old victim told investigators she and the other girls were watching a movie at Decere’s house one time when Decere started to touch her; she said she didn’t tell him to stop because she was scared.
All three girls said Decere touched them.
That same night, the girl told investigators, she talked with one of the younger girls, who stated Decere had touched her as well. The older girl told investigators she also told her mother what had happened, which was relayed to another family member and to Decere’s wife. The girl said Decere denied touching her.
The second girl told investigators Decere had touched all three of the girls, none of whom felt comfortable around Decere and didn’t want to be touched by him. She told investigators Decere touched her while she was sitting in a bedroom watching a video; she said she told Decere to stop touching her and he did, police said. The third girl told investigators that Decere had touched her as well, but stopped when she got up, police said.