ATHENS TOWNSHIP — An Addison, New York couple was arraigned in front of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley on charges of rape, sexual assault of a minor, corruption of a minor, endangering the welfare of children and other related charges on Tuesday.
Nicholas James Loucks, 24, and Hashly Marrie Callear, 31, are currently being held at the Bradford County Correctional Facility on $200,000 bail each.
According to the affidavit of probable cause, on July 8, Athens Township police had learned through a family member that a teen girl had been sexually assaulted in May at the Candlewood Suites in Athens Township.
Ten minutes later, the juvenile and family members reported to the station, and she was interviewed by a female officer who is trained in child abuse investigations.
In the interview, police ascertained that the incident took place around 3 a.m. on May 11 at the Candlewood Suites in Athens Township. The juvenile told police that her, her mother, Callear (also known as Hashly Smith), and her mother’s boyfriend, Loucks, had rented a room at the Candlewood Suites for Mother’s Day. The juvenile was 14 years old at the time of the incident. Police later confirmed with the hotel that the three stayed at the hotel on May 10 into May 11.
The victim told police that the three all slept in the one-bed room at the hotel and that the incident occurred in the evening. The victim claimed that she was lying in between her mother and Loucks and that throughout the night Loucks awakened her by molesting her.
The victim told police that she tried to turn away from him as an act to pretend she was sleeping, and that Loucks pulled her back toward him and began having sex with her, according to the affidavit.
The victim said that she was afraid to move at first, but then rolled over and Loucks stopped. Then, Loucks and the mother left the room without saying anything for short period of time.
The juvenile went to the bathroom and vomited, then went back into the bedroom area and sat on a chair. When the two returned to the room, Loucks did not speak with the juvenile and the mother said that she didn’t know that the juvenile was awake. The juvenile told the two that she had a headache and that she couldn’t sleep. There was no further incident that evening, according to the affidavit.
The juvenile told police that she believed that her mother was aware of what occurred in the hotel room. She added that when family members became aware of the incident, Callear took the girl’s phone and began deleting incriminating messages between Loucks and the juvenile, and told the girl that she didn't want Loucks to get into any trouble. However, the juvenile had already taken screenshots of the incriminating conversations and saved them in a hidden file on her phone.
Other family members of the girl learned about the assault from the mother of one of the victim's friends. As family attempted to contact the girl by phone and pick her up from Loucks' residence in Addison to make a police report, police said Loucks' disconnected the wifi router from the wall and both he and Callear refused to give the victim the address of the residence. It was while taking a walk with Loucks and Callear that the girl was able to provide her other family members with a GPS location to be picked up.
Loucks was charged with rape, statutory sexual assault, involuntary deviate sexual intercourse of a person less than 16 years of age, endangering the welfare of children, corruption of minors, and criminal conspiracy — all felonies. Callear is charged with endangering the welfare of a child, corruption of minors, criminal conspiracy, and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.
Both preliminary hearings are scheduled for Sept. 24 in front of Magisterial District Judge Larry Hurley.