According to Nicole, the defendant first began to sexually assault her when she was in her fifth grade year.
The first incident occurred after she entered the defendant's office.
Along with her younger brother, Nicole went to live with a Haitian foster family in Medford.
Matias Gonzales, Nicole's DSS social worker, spoke with Nicole's foster mother on May 22, 1996, about the relationship between Nicole and the defendant.
As a result of that conversation, Gonzales contacted the defendant and asked him why he was giving money to Nicole.
The defendant admitted that, with a single exception, he was the only adult at his home on those occasions.
Nicole would also telephone the defendant to ask for rides to a shopping mall and he would agree to her requests.
During the visits, the defendant would sometimes close his office door.
On some occasions, Nicole would ask the defendant for lunch money.The defendant closed the door behind her, and while Nicole sat in a chair, he opened her shirt and felt her breasts.The sexual assaults occurred about once a week when Nicole was in the fifth grade and about once every other week when she was in the sixth grade.[324-325] INDICTMENTS found and returned in the Superior Court Department on April 3, 1997. A Superior Court jury returned guilty verdicts on four indictments in regard to two of the complainants, Maura and Nicole.[Note 1] The defendant was found not guilty on the indictments charging him with sexual assaults on three other complainants; an indictment naming a sixth student as a complainant was the subject of a nolle prosequi prior to trial.The defendant befriended Nicole and she began visiting him in his school office several times each day.