Thursday, August 6, 2015

Fort Thomas Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse

Nicholas C. Reckley was arrested yesterday. Via Campbell County Detention Center. 
Nicholas C. Reckley (24), from Fort Thomas, was arrested yesterday and charged with First Degree Sexual Abuse, a Class D felony. He was booked in the Campbell County Detention Center and has a $50,000 bond.

According to witnesses, a woman was running in front of Highlands High School around 6:00 a.m. when Reckley allegedly came up from behind her and forced himself onto her.

Witnesses say that the woman began to scream, kick and fight back. Others who heard the incident began to help and Reckley allegedly ran from the scene to a residence nearby.

One of the definitions of Sexual Abuse in the First Degree is defined as "subjecting another person to sexual contact by forcible compulsion."

Officers Zac Rohlfer, Derek Faught and Nathan Day were the Fort Thomas Police officers working the case. They were assisted by Officer Chad Martin from the Southgate Police Department.

The officers talked to witnesses on the scene and began collecting evidence before getting a warrant for Reckley's arrest. He was found at his resident and was booked into jail at 3:26 p.m.

"We wanted to give peace of mind to the victim and the community that if you are going to attempt something like this in Fort Thomas you will be caught," said Faught. "It was pretty brazen, especially in front of the high school at 6:00 a.m."

Faught said that wrapping up a case like this in a single day is not typical.

"This is the best feeling that I've had as a police officer. To get enough evidence to have a warrant issued and make an arrest in one day. The community really helped make that happen," said Faught.

Fort Thomas resident, Molly Brown, is an early-morning runner and said when she heard about the incident yesterday, she was startled and upset. "If there is ever a silver lining with this sort of thing though, this story has it.  Because of the quick thinking and action of the attacked, the brave action of witnesses, and the diligent work of our awesome police department, what could have been a tragic event has sent a strong message," she said. "There are bad people looking to do harm in the world, no doubt, but try something like this in Fort Thomas and you will be caught.  Our residents and police force are top notch and we, as a community, won’t back down."

Additional charges may be placed on Reckley. Reckley is 5'8", 145 pounds.

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