- Associated Press - Friday, December 18, 2015

KALISPELL, Mont. (AP) - A Kalispell man has been charged with sexually assaulting a young girl less than a year after the Montana Supreme Court overturned his conviction for previous sexual assault.

The high court ruled on Dec. 30 that jurors heard unfairly prejudicial testimony when Thomas Richard Nichols was convicted of sexually assaulting and raping a 9-year-old girl in 2011. His 40-year prison sentence was overturned.

The Daily Inter Lake reports (http://bit.ly/1NXqFHy ) that the 26-year-old was booked into Flathead County Detention Center on Dec. 11 for sexual intercourse without consent for assaulting a 5-year-old girl.

Bond for Nichols has been set at $300,000. He will be arraigned on Jan. 7.

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Information from: Daily Inter Lake, http://www.dailyinterlake.com

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