Man arrested for posing as officer, forcing sex on women

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Indianapolis Metro Police sex crimes detectives have gathered disturbing details from two women about a police impersonator.

Officers arrested 31-year-old Nicholas Houston of Indianapolis on nearly a dozen felony charges plus several misdemeanors including sexual battery, criminal confinement and intimidation.  

They believe Houston used his correctional officer badge to pretend to be an officer of the law with full arrest powers.

No one answered the door at his apartment in Cambridge Commons at West 47th Street and Georgetown Road on the city's northwest side. That's where investigators say he sexually abused a 16-year-old girl after pretending to be a police officer by flashing his badge.

The teenager described the inside of his apartment in detail. Houston reportedly ordered her into his car at East 23rd Street and College Avenue around July 4th of this year.

According to court documents, he allegedly drove her to his apartment where he threatened to take her to jail if she did not perform sex acts on him. The teenager explained to officers she wanted to leave his apartment several times but feared for her life.

Court documents show the teen told detectives Houston threatened her by saying "if she tried to run he would shoot her in the back because he was the police." She also told detectives during the attack, Houston became "angered and slapped her in the face."

The victim says the man who flashed a police badge ordered her into a 2003 blue Kia Optima.

After the victim told detectives about a blue sign and one-story apartments, they went to Cambridge Commons and located Houston's Kia Optima. When the officers input the car information into their laptops, it returned with another hit connected to a different attack reported to police.

Detectives learned that Houston also fits the description in a sexual abuse case involving a police impersonator at 29th and Martin Luther King Street. In more court documents, a 46-year-old woman told detectives a man with a badge sexually abused her after threatening her by saying she was "going to jail for soliciting. She asked him why because she had NOT solicited him."

She told police she gave into his sexual demands because "she was afraid what the male would do if she did not comply." 

Detectives strongly believe Nicholas Houston may have taken advantage of even more women at his apartment all while pretending to be a police officer, so they want to hear from other victims. 

Police also learned that Houston has an outstanding warrant in another county related to driving while suspended. Houston has been arrested two other times on driving violations.

The 31-year-old is scheduled for his initial hearing on Monday, August 26th, at the City-County building in downtown Indianapolis. 

Officers say they will show his picture in a line-up if more victims come forward.

If you are a victim or know of one, you're encouraged to call IMPD at (317) 327-3811.