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Update on officer and pastor accused of child molestation

Eddie Nichols, facing two counts of Indecency with a Child Eddie Nichols, facing two counts of Indecency with a Child
Sharon Nichols, facing one count of Indecency with a Child Sharon Nichols, facing one count of Indecency with a Child
MARSHALL, TX (KSLA) -

Eddie Nichols, the Harrison County Sheriff's Deputy accused of sexually molesting an 11 year old girl has a parking spot waiting for him at a local church. A sign at Harvest Fellowship Church in Marshall, Texas reads "Reserved for Pastor Eddie Nichols".

No calls to the church have been returned, but photos from inside the church appeared on Nichols' Facebook page on Monday afternoon. In the photos, a picture of Nichols' wife, Sharon, is captioned "Our First Lady." Sharon Nichols is also accused of inappropriately touching the preteen girl.

Court documents allowing for the couple's arrest dive into more details about what the victim of that alleged assault say happened. She told about investigators about inappropriate touching that she said happened numerous times both above and underneath her clothing. She also told investigators that the couple told her to apply lotion to herself, and "would sometimes rub it in for her if she didn't do a good job."

Investigators said her story was backed up by another juvenile that also couldn't be identified. The documents reveal that the girl implied it happened on a regular basis and "did not seem to think the conduct was out of the ordinary."

KSLA News 12 has also confirmed with the Texas Education Agency that Eddie Nichols was an award winning philanthropist for children. In fall of 2002, Nichols won the prestigious 'Heroes for Children" award for his work in East Texas.

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