Suspect in sexual assaults turns himself in to police
A 22-year-old man who posed as a magazine photographer and was being investigated for alleged sexual assaults turned himself in to police this afternoon.
Keith Nichols, a security guard who has lived in Compton, Hawthorne and South Los Angeles, was booked at the Los Angeles Police Department's Central Division on suspicion of sexual battery in the sexual assaults of at least four young women, police said.
The crimes began early last month and took place within a one-mile radius of the subway station at 7th and Figueroa streets, said LAPD Lt. Paul Vernon.
Nichols told his victims that they could become models for Vibe, Vernon said. But before they could get hired, Nichols said he had to measure them for "custom-fitted underwear," according to police.
At least four women agreed to the fitting, in which Nichols touched "their most intimate body parts," Vernon said. They never got called back about the modeling work, he said.
Vernon said the women were measured in public areas out of the view of passersby. In two cases, Nichols met his alleged victims on the light-rail line between Long Beach and Los Angeles. Those two women, in turn, each had a roommate they referred to Nichols, police said.
-- Andrew Blankstein and Baxter Holmes