Disturbing: Four-year-old girl tells parents babysitter sexually assaulted her; 29-year-old man charged



SHEBOYGAN COUNTY (WITI) -- Prosecutors in Sheboygan County have charged a 29-year-old babysitter with the sexual assault of a four-year-old girl. Prosecutors say helping them solve the crime is the bright young victim.

On the north side of Sheboygan, words like friendly and peaceful are used by neighbors to describe their block. Which is why it may not be surprising a neighbor agreed to babysit.

What investigators say next, has landed 29-year-old Nicholas Shaffer in some serious trouble.

Police say Shaffer agreed to watch a neighbor's 4-year-old child.

Red flags raised, as soon as her parents picked her up two hours later.

"The dad says as soon as the neighbor closed the door, she told her dad something bad happened," said Assistant District Attorney, Alexandra Smathers.

Their daughter had learned new words.

"Very adult language," said Smathers.

Nicholas Shaffer



Like "crotch" according to the criminal complaint. Also in the criminal complaint, the girl told authorities "Nick hurt my feelings..."

She says she was sexually assaulted, and when it was over, Shaffer "cleaned her up by spraying her with what she identified as poison."

"She described it as poison. It was later determined as Febreeze or something similar to Febreeze," said Smathers.

Prosecutors say the girl was shown pornography, described by the girl as a "naughty video."

"No one wants that to happen. Especially to their own kid," said Eric Koranda, neighbor.

Neighbors are shocked at the allegations.

Investigators credit the young girl, and her family, for calling for help so soon.

"It was because of that quick intervention he was able to be caught right away, and get all of the evidence," said Smathers.

When police went to arrest Shaffer, who happens to live in the same apartment complex as the 4-year-old girl, he jumped from a second story balcony.

Police spoke with a man who lives in the apartment unit where Shaffer lives, and he indicated he was "aware of the situation." He allowed police to search the apartment. In that apartment, the complaint indicates police found a knife with blood on the blade and a hatchet with the cover removed. Blood was also found on the door leading out to a deck, and there was blood on the deck. Police believe Shaffer ran to the deck and then jumped down -- fleeing the apartment.

Shaffer was later found at a local hospital, after first making a stop at his mother's house.

The girl's father indicated that Shaffer was staying in an apartment unit in the complex with another man, even though he was not on the lease. Apparently, Shaffer had babysat the girl once, and nothing happened. The girl's father told police usually, another neighbor would babysit the girl, but on March 21st, that neighbor was with his children all day, so the girl's father asked Shaffer if he would watch the girl. The girl's father told police he and his wife were gone for about two-and-a-half hours on March 21st.

Nicholas Shaffer has been charged in the case filed in March 26th, with first degree sexual assault of a child under the age of 12, and exposing a child to harmful material.

Three days earlier, on March 23rd, Shaffer was charged with possession of THC (second offense) and possession of drug paraphernalia. He has a status conference scheduled in this case for March 30th.

He'll be in court on April 1st for his preliminary hearing in both cases in Sheboygan County.

Shaffer is facing more than 60 years in prison.