Tarrant County sex offender gets life after abusing 8-year-old

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FORT WORTH -- A convicted sex offender received an automatic life sentence after he was found guilty Tuesday of forcing an 8-year-old girl to have oral sex with him.

The girl was the daughter of an acquaintance of Jonathan Luther Nichols, 36.

In 2008, while the girl's mother was away from the house, Nichols forced her to perform oral sex, according to a news release from the Tarrant County district attorney's office.

He threatened the child with removal from the home and then said he'd harm her and her mother if she did not comply, the release said.

The mother had a history with Child Protective Services because of methamphetamine use. And in 2010, the agency removed the child from her home a third time and placed her with a family that later adopted her, the release said.

The girl told the family what Nichols had done, and the family contacted Haltom City police, the release said. Nichols was charged with the assault, the release said.

At the time, he was serving a six-year sentence out of Johnson County handed down in 2009 for fraudulent use of identifying information, according to Texas Department of Criminal Justice records.

In March 1995, a Tarrant County jury sentenced Nichols to seven years in prison for sexually assaulting an 11-year-old girl in summer 1994, according to court records.

Because of that conviction, he received an automatic life sentence this time, the news release said.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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