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A Crescent City man will spend the next eight years behind bars after being convicted of committing a lewd act upon a child.

Jody Allen Nole, 50, received the sentence last week. He was also fined $370.

According to previous media reports, Nole was one of four people arrested In January and charged related to allegations of continued sexual assault of a child. The court complaint said the incidents occurred in Del Norte and Humboldt counties between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, 2017. The child was born in 2006, the complaint says.

When he was charged in January, Nole was already a prisoner at Pelican Bay State Prison with a possible parole date of March 2021. His wife, Katlin Janice Marie Nole was also arrested along with Kathleen Mary Fuson. Edward Bert Steele was arrested several weeks later after he was found sleeping in his car.

At the time of their arrest, Katlin Nole and Fuson were employees with Del Norte Unified School District. Superintendent Jeff Harris said the allegations did not involve a child in the district and none of the allegations occurred on school property.

The two women were immediately place on administrative leave and were later fired from their positions in the school district.

At the time of their arrests, all four suspects were charged with multiple felony counts related to the continuous sexual assault of a child. Only Jody Nole has been convicted.

Calls to the Del Norte County District Attorney’s Office were not returned by press time.

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