PHHS senior facing sex assault charge

A PHHS senior and swim team member has been charged with forcing a 17-year-old girl to perform a sex act on him but his lawyer said the student and his accuser have a history of being “friends with benefits,” according to an article in the Daily Record.

Nicholas Pachiolo, who turned 18 on February 10, was arrested and charged on Friday, February 21 by Parsippany Detective Luke Costigan with sexual assault by force or coercion and endangering the welfare of a child, the 17-year-old alleged victim. As of press time complete details from the Parsippany Police Department were unavailable.

Criminal complaints filed in Superior Court, Morristown, allege that Pachiolo forced the girl to perform a sex act on Wednesday, February 12. The alleged offense did not happen on school property.

Bail was initially set at $100,000 but Judge Mary Gibbons Whipple on Tuesday, February 25 reduced bail to $50,000 and family members posted it on Pachiolo’s behalf to get him released from the Morris County jail. As conditions of bail he is not allowed to return to school, cannot participate in school activities and cannot have contact with the accuser.

Nick was honored with a Bronze Scholar Award for achievements in Swimming last June at the Board of Education year end awards.

Editors note: A criminal complaint is merely an accusation.  Despite this accusation, the defendant is presumed innocent unless and until he or she has been proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.