Photo: Ramsey County
Photo: Ramsey County
March 13, 2018 03:18 PM
A St. Paul man who was performing lewd sex acts on young girls taking his "acting classes" at a library pleaded guilty to those crimes Monday, amending his December plea of not guilty.
Nicholas Charles Barghini, 32, pleaded guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct in the second-degree, involving a victim under the age of 13.
Court documents reveal his class promised to develop confidence and acting technique at the Riverside Library, but a 10-year-old girl reported to her mother he did "weird stuff to her."
The mother called Barghini, demanding and explanation, and he allegedly said the girl was instructed to act as if she was in a "banana boat commercial," asking her to take her shoes and socks off, then lie down on the couch, court documents state.
The mother told investigators he apologized and promised to send video footage via email. However, the mother went to to library and asked for surveillance video. The criminal complaint states footage showed Barghini engaging in lewd acts.
The library later found other instances of him reserving spaces and performing lewd acts, according to authorities.
He was charged in July 2017, but more charges were filed in November after investigators discovered Barghini had filmed his encounters with young girls when he masturbated on their feet, according to court documents.
The amended criminal complaint stated investigators recovered several "self-made videos touching the feet of a child with his hands, placing his mouth on the feet of a child, exposing his penis in the presence of a child and placing his penis on the foot of a child."
This is pattern was evident, and the charges state he "took advantage of the opportunity to be alone with young girls."
When he was arrested, police say they found a piece of paper in his wallet listing how he wanted to start a cult and listed sex goals. This list was titled, "What I Want," according to charging documents.
Barghini's sentencing is slated for April 23.
Updated: March 13, 2018 03:18 PM
Created: March 13, 2018 03:13 PM
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