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Nichols pleads not guilty to contempt of court charge

Published 3:17pm Monday, November 14, 2011

Trey Nichols, one of five Nichols teens accused of scheming a sex video extortion plot, pleaded not guilty to a contempt of court charge at his arraignment Monday.
Nichols, who was arrested Thursday while on bond, appeared before Judge Scott Schofield via video from county jail to the South County Berrien County


It is alleged that Nichols had contact with a 16-year-old girl in person and via Facebook in October, violating his bond, Schofield said. Nichols was ordered to not have contact with any girl under age 18.
Nichols’ bond is set at $7,500 on the contempt of court charge, while the bond for his original charges is $150,000. Schofield slated his contempt of court hearing for Dec. 9, the same date as his status conference before his trial on the original charges.
Nichols and his co-defendants are accused of secretly videotaping a 17-year-old girl having sex with one of them and then threatening to post it on Facebook if she didn’t perform more sexual acts.
A jury trial for two of the defendants, Martell Miller and Parnell Martin, is scheduled to begin Nov. 29. Martise Washington was found guilty on all of his charges earlier this month.

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