Nakisbendi often entertained teenagers at his Roxborough house on Lemonte Street near Mansion, which is where prosecutors say he raped a 16-year-old girl. It's also where he engaged in sexual and drug activity with four other 15- and 16-year-old girls in 2009 and 2010, said Assistant District Attorney Erin O'Brien.
"The defendant was a gravy train for every kid in the neighborhood. He gave them everything they wanted," O'Brien said in her opening statement of Nakishbendi's trial in Common Pleas Court.
"But they were young enough and dumb enough not to know that he wanted something in return," O'Brien said.
Although O'Brien noted that some girls acted inappropriately and should not be excused for taking cash in exchange for nude pictures, she reminded the jury that Nakishbendi is the one on trial.
Nakishbendi’s guilty plea was negotiated between his attorney and the District Attorney’s Office. He pleaded to four counts each of corruption of minors and reckless endangerment, court records indicate. He also pleaded guilty to one count of engaging in child pornography.
He also is charged with aggravated indecent assault and related counts for allegedly molesting and taking nude pictures of a sleeping woman who rented a room in his home in 2012. The woman found a computer flash drive with the pictures and called police, O'Brien said.
Defense lawyer Daniel McElhatton said the parents of the girls he is accused of assaulting would drop the girls off at his home. The girl he is accused of raping continued to socialize with him after the alleged rape, he told the jury.
"If somebody is really raped, would they send a Facebook message two or three months later? Would they visit? Would they get into his car?" McElhatton asked the jury.
The adult woman Nakishbendi is accused of assaulting was actually his girlfriend, his lawyer asserted.
She was happy as long as he paid for her phone, hair appointments, tattoos and trips to the Jersey Shore, New York and Florida, McElhatton said. She went to the police with the pictures earlier this year only after Nakishbendi failed to give her something that she wanted, he said.
The terms of the agreement call for him to serve 5 to 12 years in state prison. A formal sentencing date is scheduled for Dec. 20.
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