Indianapolis, IN – A convicted child rapist who impregnated his girlfriend’s daughter, whom he started raping when she was eight years old, has filed an appeal complaining that his sentence is too long.
During multiple outbursts throughout his trial, 35-year-old Nicholas Thrash also alleged that the child victim he raped for at least two years was “promiscuous,” WXIA reported.
In his appeal, Thrash further alleged that the trial court improperly admitted photos of his child victim and her infant as evidence.
According to investigators, the abuse began in Georgia when the girl was only eight years old.
At the time, Thrash was in a relationship with the girl’s mother, 33-year-old Jennifer Hand, according to the Chronicle-Tribune.
The Marion Police Department in Georgia opened an investigation into allegations that Thrash was molesting the little girl, The Washington Post reported.
They began searching for Thrash after finding male DNA inside the child’s underwear, but were unable to locate him.
While the search continued, Hand agreed to abide by a “safety plan” that was supposed to keep Thrash from having any contact with her daughter, KXIA reported.
But instead of abiding by that plan, Hand moved to Indiana with Thrash and the little girl, where the abuse continued.
When the child became pregnant at the age of 10, Hand took her to an Indianapolis clinic to request an abortion, but was turned away, The Washington Post reported.
Hand also later admitted that she told her daughter to say that she was impregnated by one of her classmates, according to FOX News.
According to the victim, a group of protesters outside the clinic performed an ultrasound on her, The Washington Post reported.
Someone in the group subsequently reported the little girl’s pregnancy to the police.
The child gave birth to a baby boy when she was 11, and she and her son were placed in foster care, WXIA reported.
DNA testing confirmed that Thrash is the father of the infant, according to The Washington Post.
In 2018, Thrash was convicted of 10 counts of child molestation, and was sentenced to 160 years in prison.
“Obviously, I am extremely pleased with the sentence,” Grant County Chief Deputy Prosecutor Lisa Glancy said at the time. “One-hundred-and-sixty years is what I asked for. Based on the facts and the egregious nature of the crime, I thought it was warranted. I am pleased for the child.”
Hand was convicted of neglect of a dependent result in serious bodily injury, aiding child molesting, neglect of a dependent, and assisting a criminal, according to the Chronicle-Tribune.
Her then-12-year-old daughter sat in the courtroom as Hand was sentenced to 20 years in prison, followed by five years of probation.
After she was sentenced, the court granted the child’s request to give her mother a hug.
“I certainly think justice was served, and I think that’s the best we can hope for in this case,” Glancy said of Hand’s prison sentence.
The victim, who is now 13, was admitted to a mental health facility due to suicidal issues shortly after her mother and Thrash were sentenced, WXIA.
She was separated from her baby as a result, but has been doing well at the facility and is no longer suicidal, her grandmother told the news outlet.
She also speaks with her relatives daily by phone, and hopes to take care of her son on her own someday.
The girl and her baby are expected to be reunited in the near future, and will then be placed together at a life-skill building facility.
The Indiana Attorney General rebuffed Thrash’s appeal arguments, and said that his trial was handled lawfully and appropriately.
His sentence should be upheld, the attorney general said.
The Indiana Supreme Court has not yet scheduled a hearing for Thrash’s case.