A jury Wednesday found a 43-year-old mom guilty of sexually assaulting two boys in her Irvine house: a 14-year-old who was her son's friend and the 16-year-old son of her own friend. If that sounds like a win for prosecutors, they did object to one thing about the conviction of Nicole Ethel McMillen.
Despite being convicted of four felony counts of lewd acts upon a child and three felony counts of oral copulation of a minor under 16 years old, McMillen was allowed by the judge to remain out of custody on $100,000 bail, over the objections of the Orange County District Attorney's office.
The married mother of three could get six years and three months in prison and an order to register as a sex offender for life at her scheduled Jan. 10 sentencing in Fullerton.
She was known for having a “fun” home where kids would come over to watch movies or play with video games, according to prosecutors.
Between Jan. 1-Feb. 28, 2012, she had repeated sexual contact with the 14-year-old boy who came to her house to play with her son, fondling his groin area over his clothing, touching his penis directly and blowing him during two visits.
He wound up telling his mother what had happened, which led to an Irvine Police investigation that turned up a 26-year-old man who, when he was 16, had a sexual relationship with McMillen for more than a year between 2005-06. She orally copulated that boy at least once during sexual encounters in her home or at motels.
She had known the son of her friend since he was 10. He said in court their affair began when she drove him to fetch a forgotten cell phone, started asking him racy questions about girls and sexual positions and shared a passionate kiss with him, according to City News Service.
During the crimes, McMillen worked part time with kindergarten-age children at Peter's Canyon Elementary School and also with the Tustin Unified School District as a “behavioral interventionist.” (Must'nt … type … snark …)
Nothing was presented in court linking children from those schools to McMillen's after-hours exploits.