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Man Facing Charges of Impersonating Officer And Sexually Abusing Minors

Last updated on Friday, August 23, 2013

(PLAINFIELD) - An Indianapolis man who was contracted to work at the Plainfield Department of Correction faces charges for sexually abusing minors and impersonating an officer.

Two victims told police that 31-year-old Nicholas Houston forced them to perform sex acts, and said if they didn't they would be taken to jail.

WISH TV8 reports, the 12 pages of court documents detail what the 15- and 16-year-old girls said happened with Houston.

Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department officers started their investigation into Houston on July 22, when the 16 year-old victim told her therapist she had been sexually abused by a man claiming to be an officer.

Police began their investigation at 23rd Street and College Avenue, where she told investigators he picked her up for the first time. According to court documents, Houston showed the girl a badge and took her back to Cambridge Commons apartments on the city's west side.

While police were investigating this case, a 15 year-old girl reported a similar assault. On Aug. 1, 2013, detectives went to her home to investigate.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the girl told a sex crime detective a man fitting the same description picked her up by 29th and Martin Luther King Jr. streets. She told officers she thought she recognized the man, but once inside his car, did not and tried to get out. The girl said the man showed her a badge and identified himself as a law enforcement officer. She told the detective the man drove her around the neighborhood and eventually forced her to perform a sexual act on him. According to the court document, she was able to escape at 28th and Annette streets.

When she got out of the vehicle, she copied down the man's license plate. Police said that plate returned to a blue 2003 Kia. On Aug. 12, an IMPD officer spotted the car and pulled it over. The driver, Houston, matched both victims' descriptions.

Police said Houston had an outstanding warrant for a driving offense. Then on Aug. 15, officers arrested him for this case as he was leaving the Hendricks County Jail.

24-Hour News 8 has also learned Houston has a history of run-ins with police. That includes an arrest in 2007 for soliciting a prostitute. Houston was in the Marion County Jail on $100,000 bond. A court hearing was scheduled for Monday.

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