(02/03/2005)
An Elkview woman faces up to a year in jail for demanding money from a man who was having a sexual relationship with her 12-year-old daughter in exchange for keeping her mouth shut.

Thirty-one-year-old Marsha Kay Nichols also faces a fine of up to $500 when sentenced March 21 in Roane County Circuit Court.

Nichols pleaded no contest to attempted extortion, which is a misdemeanor, on January 21.

State police started investigating the case in January 2004. They say that when Nichols discovered that 42-year-old Bruce Stover was seeing her daughter, she threatened to go to the police if the Roane County man didn't pay her.

The criminal complaint said that during one of three visits to Stover's Walton-area residence to collect money, Nichols watched Stover and her daughter kiss and hug several times.

Stover pleaded guilty to three counts of third degree sexual assault, which is a felony, in August. In November, he received a suspended one-to-five-year jail sentence, was ordered to spend 90 days behind bars and was placed on five years probation.


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