MARION, Ind. – An Indiana man found guilty of molesting a 10-year-old girl multiple times, which led to her becoming pregnant, was sentenced Thursday to 160 years in prison.
Nicholas Deon Thrash, 34, of Marion, was sentenced to 160 years in jail with a minimum service of 132 years, FOX59 Indianapolis reported, citing the Grant County prosecutor.
Thrash was found guilty of 10 counts of child molestation during his trial last month, the station reported. The unnamed victim, who is now 12, testified softly as she clutched a stuffed dog to her chest, that Thrash had molested her at least 15 times.
“(The victim) was foremost in our mind during this case,” Grant County Prosecutor Jim Luttrull said. “We appreciate an enormous amount of people … who offered their assistance to the victim, for CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) and all the work they provided in the case.”
Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Glancy described the guilty verdict as a victory, but one that can’t erase the harm that’s been done. “It’s something little compared to what (the victim) has gone through and what she will go through,” Glancy said.
The girl’s grandmother told Indiana news station WISH-TV in May 2017, when Thrash was charged, that he was someone the family trusted. The pre-teen was 20 weeks pregnant when the charges were filed.
During the trial last month, Thrash had to be removed from the courtroom after repeatedly disobeying the judge’s orders during the State’s cross-examination.
Ignoring Luttrull’s questions, Thrash instead started telling the jury from the witness stand that the victim “lied” and “had other sex cases.”
The jury had to be removed from the room and Thrash was handcuffed by Sheriff’s deputies and not allowed to return for the remainder of the trial, The Chronicle Tribune reported.
Judge Jeffrey Todd, who presided over the trial, explained the decision to remove Thrash. “This behavior was so disruptive, disorderly and disrespectful … the trial could not be carried out with (Thrash) present in the courtroom,” Todd said.
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The girl’s mother also faces charges relating to the case, including neglect, aiding in child molesting and assisting a criminal.
The mother reportedly discovered the pregnancy as the victim was trying on dresses for a school dance, then instructed her to say a classmate impregnated her.
Prosecutors told FOX59 that the girl, after turning 11, gave birth to a boy in September 2017.
Thrash remained in the Grant County Jail as of Thursday.