Crime

Flagler High School Principal Arrested for Rape

Flagler High School Principal Peter Nicholson has been arrested after allegedly raping a female employee at the charter school.

According to Broward Sheriff's Office Special Victims Unit detectives, Nicholson, 55, sexually assaulted the victim back on October 26 during working hours at the school, located on 1951 W. Copans Road in Pompano Beach.

He was arrested Wednesday afternoon on a rape charge.

According to a Broward Sheriff's Office report, Nicholson and the employee were working at the school around 1 p.m. when he approached her and tried making advances.

The victim reportedly told him to stop repeatedly, but Nicholson wouldn't relent.

He then forcibly pulled down the woman's pants and had sex with her against her will. According to the report, Nicholson later apologized to the woman for abusing his authority.

The incident went unreported until last month, when, on February 21, the victim came forward and told authorities about Nicholson's raping her.

She told deputies the reason it took her four months to report it was that she was afraid of losing her job if she tried fighting Nicholson off or reported the incident.

Nicholson, who lives in Coral Springs, has been charged with one count of sexual assault.

The BSO is asking anyone with additional information to contact Special Victims Unit Det. Joe Ventura at 954-321-4240.

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