Indy man who posed as police officer to solicit sex convicted

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INDIANAPOLIS (Dec. 3, 2013) – An Indianapolis man accused of posing as a police officer in order to coerce women into sex acts has been found guilty on all counts.

A jury convicted Nicholas Houston of criminal deviate conduct, criminal confinement, impersonating a public servant, intimidation, battery and battery by bodily waste.

Deliberations began around noon Tuesday. Police said Houston, 32, Indianapolis, targeted women he thought were prostitutes and threatened to arrest them unless they performed a sex act on him. He flashed a badge and portrayed himself as a police officer, according to court documents.

The case developed over the summer after police said Houston approached two different women, offered rides and then told them to perform a sex act on him or face jail time. In both cases, the women described a dark Kia vehicle and their descriptions of the suspect matched. The first incident happened in July, the second in August.

Houston, a correctional officer with the Plainfield Short Term Offender Program Facility, was fired on Aug. 11. He had been employed by a private firm called the Geo Group.

Sentencing is set for Jan. 3.

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