More Alleged Victims Discovered in YMCA Childcare Worker Sex Case

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    George Kiriyama reports. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013)

    Two new children have been added as victims of alleged sexual abuse by a former YMCA childcare worker who was first charged in July, according to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office.

    Prosecutors filed charges against Nicolas Lhermine in Superior Court in Morgan Hill of lewd and lascivious behavior with children aged 7 and 3.5 years old, Deputy District Attorney Stewart Scott said.

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    "It involved molesting or lewd act with a 7-year-old and one with a 3-and-a-half-year-old that brings the total to four children in this child molestation case," Scott said.

    The new charges mean Lhermine could face life in prison if convicted.

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    Prosecutors say the four girls were all molested at the Y's daycare facility on the campus of Paradise Valley Elementary school this summer.

    Lhermine allegedly molested two girls in one day, according to prosecutors, who say he made a 5-year-old undress on a bus and took cell phone photos of her. Then, just 90 minutes later, they say he molested a 6-year-old.

    Investigators said it is possible there may be more victims, but they say they have a strong case now, thanks to the young girls who have already come forward.

    "There is forensic evidence off his cell phone and we are still looking at his computer, but there is strong evidence this guy has a presdisposition to molest children in a sexual way," Scott said.

    Lhermine was first arraigned in July on one charge of lewd and lascivious behavior with a child under 10 years old and with possession of child pornography.

    On July 12, officers arrested Lhermine after a 6-year-old girl reported that he tried to force her to have sex while he worked as a YMCA child care worker at Paradise Valley Elementary School, according to police.