A 47-year-old man pleaded guilty to molesting a pre-teen girl who had come forward to a school counselor about the abuse after watching a school video about bullying and sexual harassment.
Aristides Nolasco pleaded guilty to second-degree child molestation Thursday, June 28.
The Bellingham Police Department began investigating the sexual abuse last October after the girl came forward with the allegations. She told officers that when she was 9 or 10, Nolasco had touched her breasts and vagina under her clothes while they were driving to pick someone up, according to court documents.
She told investigators that he told her she should rub her breasts in the shower so that they would grow. When she was 11, he reached down her shirt while she was watching TV on the couch. She told investigators that she sat up and hugged a pillow to stop him from going any further.
When investigators interviewed Nolasco, he originally told them that the girl was making up the allegations for attention. He later admitted that she wasn't lying and that he remembered the incident in the car and the one on the couch, though he couldn't recall if he had touched her breasts the second time.
Nolasco's sentencing has not yet been scheduled.
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