Fort Collins child sex assault suspect commits suicide, brother says

(Photo: MGN Online)

(Photo: MGN Online)

FORT COLLINS, Colo. — A Fort Collins man accused of sexually assaulting an 8-year-old boy killed himself Monday at hotel near Loveland, his brother told the Coloradoan.

Nicholas Henshaw, 35, was arrested by Fort Collins police in February, proceeding an investigation that spanned several months, and faced one count of sexually assaulting a child as one in a position of trust, reported the newspaper.

While the suspect was formally charged only once, his brother, Raleigh Henshaw, said Nicholas had a history of sexually abusing boys.

Raleigh said he had lost touch with his brother over the past ten years, but that Nicholas had previously confessed to other incidents of child molestation.

Court records also said investigations into Nicholas’ past in California indicated there were other child sexual assault victims.

Raleigh told the Coloradoan, “In a way, (his death) is protecting. It’s protecting any possible future victims. It’s a way without putting the past victims through the suffering and some of the things that come through testifying and the hardship in that and the burdens of the justice system. All of those things are alleviated.”

According to court records, Nicholas had posted his $50,000 bond March 15 and was due in court April 4.