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Group home worker accused of sexually assaulting teens

Nicole Simon (Photo courtesy Waupaca Co. Sheriff's Office)

WAUPACA (WLUK) – A newly hired worker at a Waupaca County group home for teens faces five counts of sexual assault of a child by a staff member for incidents with two teenage boys.

Nicole Simon, 30, returns to court Tuesday afternoon for the balance of her initial appearance. She is currently free after posting a $2,500 cash bond.

According to the criminal complaint, Simon started working at a Town of Lebanon group home in early October. The alleged sexual contact happened on five occasions between Oct. 19-30.

In one instance, Simon went to the group home on a day off and asked two boys to come to her residence to help her move a couch. Once there, she performed a sex act on a 16-year-old boy, he told police, according to the complaint.

“(The victim) did state that he felt he had to have sex with Nicole or he could get in trouble because he knew Nicole was in a position of power at the group home,” the complaint states.

The same teen said there was another incident at the group home, and she sent sexual messages via social media.

Another teen, 17, described three different sexual encounters with Simon, according to the complaint.

Simon admitted to having sex with both teens, “although she claimed the contact with (teen 1) was non-consensual,” according to the complaint.

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