Nicolas Lhermine, YMCA Childcare Worker Sex Abuse Preliminary Hearing
Nicolas Lhermine is ordered to stand trial on sex abuse charges following a preliminary hearing in which the victims testified in this childcare worker sex abuse case. Nicolas Lhermine faces six felony charges, the most being severe oral copulation or penetration of a child under 10, which may result in a sentence of 15 years to life in prison.
The families of the victims issued the following statement: "As you can imagine, we are going through a very difficult time right now. Of course, our first priority is for the welfare of not only our children but all children in this community. Our first objective is to cooperate fully with prosecutor Stuart Scott and the Santa Clara County District Attorneys Office to ensure that this individual never again harms another child. Once we have accomplished that goal, we will begin the process of holding the YMCA civilly responsible for illegally allowing an unlicensed teacher's aide to be alone with children. If one of the largest daycare companies in the nation cannot perform the bare minimum by simply following the law, we have a long way to go to ensure that our children are protected from pedophiles. By holding the YMCA accountable for its actions, we hope to effect positive change in the daycare industry."
The criminal trial is expected to start in May of 2015.