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BSO arrest principal accused of raping employee

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55-year-old Peter Nicholson 55-year-old Peter Nicholson

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. (WSVN) -- Authorities have arrested a Pompano Beach charter school principal after he was accused of raping a female employee.

Broward Sheriff's Office deputies arrested 55-year-old Peter Nicholson, Wednesday, and charged him with sexual battery.

According to deputies, on Oct. 26 Nicholson and the victim were working alone on a Saturday at Flagler High School when, around 1 p.m., he approached her and made advances. "He rubbed her back, he tried to kiss her," said BSO spokesperson Dani Moschella. "She repeatedly told him to stop, and he refused."

Investigators said Nicholson then pulled down the victim's pants and forced her to have sex against her will.

The victim reported the crime to deputies on Feb. 21. "She later told detectives that she was afraid to physically fight him off, and then later she was afraid to report it, because she didn't want to lose her job," said Moschella.

Deputies said Nicholson eventually addressed the incident with the victim. "He later apologized to her and said he should not have abused his authority," said Moschella.

School officials have alerted parents and students about the arrest. In a statement, officials said they are cooperating with the investigation.

Student Justice Johnson said he was surprised to hear the news. "I didn't think that of him," he said. "He seemed like a really, really, really nice, generous guy who was always bringing Subway into the school, throwing pizza parties and stuff like that. He didn't seem like that at all."

"I think that it's not right, and that's nasty, like, that's not right, a principal doing that?" said a female student.

Nicholson and the victim have both been placed on paid leave.

Nicholson has bonded out of jail on $5,000 bond.

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