Centerville Man Arrested for Prostituting, Sexually Abusing Minor


A Centerville man was arrested Wednesday after authorities say he prostituted and sexually abused a minor.

35-year-old Nickolaus Howe has been charged with third-degree sexual abuse, prostitution, lascivious conduct with a minor, and purchase/possession depiction of a minor in a sex act.

According to court records, sometime between December 2021 and February 2022, Howe purchased alcohol and an e-cigarette product. After the victim told Howe she did not have the means to pay for the items, Howe told the victim she could pay him back by performing a sex act which the victim did after repeated persuasion from Howe.

Police say Howe then ignored the victim’s wishes to go home and performed additional sex acts on the victim.

Investigators later recovered Howe’s cell phone which contained pictures of the victim fully and partially naked.

A no-contact order was issued on Wednesday.

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