Victims Testify Against Former YMCA Worker Accused of Sexual Abuse

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    Victims of alleged sexual abuse by a former YMCA childcare worker testified during a preliminary hearing Monday. Marianne Favro reports.

    Victims of alleged sexual abuse by a former YMCA childcare worker testified during a preliminary hearing Monday.

    Nicolas Lhermine is accused of sexually assaulting four girls -- ages 3, 5, 6 and 7 -- while he worked as a teacher aide at the YMCA in Morgan Hill.

    The 7-year-old girl testified that Lhermine told her she had something green stuck on her tongue, took her into a bathroom, told her to close her eyes and assaulted her.

    A 6-year-old girl testified Lhermine took a photo of her private parts in the back of a bus.

    "It's devastating to know these little girls were subjected to such acts at such a young age," Attorney Robert Allard said. "It's just gut wrenching, and to look at their faces -- none of them should have gone through this."

    Allard represent three of the alleged victims and their families in the civil suit against the YMCA.

    "This gentleman was not supervised properly," Allard said. He was illegally having access to minors and they were making accommodations for him because he has a family member there."

    If convicted, Lhermine faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.