- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 15, 2014

ATTLEBORO, Mass. (AP) - The assistant pastor of an Attleboro church who’s also the principal of an affiliated school has been charged with sexually abusing a student starting when she was a seventh-grader.

The Rev. Jeffrey Nichols of Grace Baptist Church and Grace Baptist Christian Academy was ordered held on $25,000 bail after not guilty pleas to charges including aggravated indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 were entered on his behalf Tuesday.

Prosecutors say he molested a seventh-grade student beginning in 2008 when she was 13 and continued until last June.

Church Pastor Jeff Bailey tells The Sun Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1d6jqWA ) he immediately fired Nichols when Nichols told him about the allegations Monday.

The 47-year-old Nichols‘ lawyer argued for no bail with GPS monitoring because his client had no criminal history.

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Information from: The (Attleboro, Mass.) Sun Chronicle, https://www.thesunchronicle.com

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