Former GHS teacher sentenced to prison for child sex crimes

5.19.17 Brady L. Nickels for web


Brandy Lynn Nickels, the former Griffin High School teacher charged with numerous sex crimes involving multiple students, has plead guilty in Spalding County Superior Court and been sentenced for her crimes.

“She plead guilty to two counts of sexual assault and one count of child molestation. She received a sentence of 30 years with eight to serve in prison, she must register as a sex offender and she is to no longer teach in the state of Georgia. Ever,” said Griffin Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ben Coker, who said he is satisfied with the outcome. “Yes, it was a negotiated plea. Members of the victims’ family actually gave impact statements to the court.”

Coker said the mothers of two victims provided impact statements, while the families of two additional victims were not involved.

Two mothers of the male victims gave victim impact statements.

“There were at least four juveniles that were involved in the case, but two of the juveniles wouldn’t cooperate – their families wouldn’t cooperate with us,” Coker explained.

At the time of the sexual assaults, the victims were 15-years-old.

The 41-year-old Nickels, of Williamson, was originally charged with one count each of child molestation, sodomy, enticing a child, statutory rape, sexual assault and sexual battery.

Following a preliminary hearing during which Nickels was bound over to stand trial in Superior Court, Nickels was released on bond from the Spalding County Jail.

She was soon after arrested a second time, and Coker then sought and was granted a bond revocation on Nickels.

At that time, Coker argued, “What’s also troubling is this course of conduct of Ms. Nickels. Again, she’s stopped in a vehicle with juveniles, marijuana and a gun.”

As part of her plea bargain, all charges against Nickels other than two counts of sexual assault and one count of child molestation were dismissed.

To read a detailed account of Nickels’ arrests, as well as a dispute of facts involving the school system and Griffin Police Department, please refer to the links below.

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