A Fayette County grand jury will consider the case of a man accused of using text messages to ask a 14-year-old girl for sex.
Fayette District Judge Maria Ransdell ruled Tuesday at a preliminary hearing that there was probable cause to proceed with the criminal case against Nicholas Paquette, 27.
Lexington police arrested Paquette on July 29 on two charges of unlawful use of electronic communications to induce a minor to engage in sexual activity, a Class D felony. Paquette pleaded not guilty last week. He is being held in the Fayette County jail.
During Paquette's preliminary hearing, Lexington Police Detective Trevor Welch testified that Paquette met the 14-year-old girl at the pool of his apartment complex in July. Paquette had just moved to Lexington from Boston.
Paquette and the girl exchanged phone numbers and began exchanging text messages, Welch said. Paquette sent more than 80 text messages to the girl, some with requests to have sex, Welch said.
The girl's mother discovered the conversations and posed as her daughter to set up a meeting with Paquette, Welch said. The mother met Paquette on July 28 but did not disclose that she was the teenager's mother, Welch testified.
"She just wanted to see who he was," Welch said.
The mother then took the phone to police. Detectives in the Crimes against Children Unit worked with the teen to set up a meeting with Paquette behind Veterans Park Elementary School on July 29, Welch said. Officers arrested Paquette when he pulled into the school's parking lot about 11:45 p.m.