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April 07, 2005

News from the San Joaquin Valley

April 7, 2005 [Associated Press]

FRESNO, Calif. - A former radio and television personality has been convicted on 13 counts of child molestation.

Nicholas Fanady, 62, known as Nick Ryan to listeners, was convicted of sex crimes against three boys, including 11 counts against one boy who was 9 or 10 when the sexual abuse occurred.

Testimony from that victim, now 19, capped an emotional, two-and-a-half week trial.

"The community is much safer now," the young man said Wednesday after the verdicts were read. "I feel something like this will not happen again."

Fanady, who confessed on the witness stand to molesting one child and pleaded guilty to six misdemeanor counts of annoying or molesting young boys at a local park, faces at least 30 years in prison. Superior Court Judge William Kent Hamlin set a sentencing date of May 9.

Fanady was fired as co-host of the morning news program at KFSN Channel 30 nearly five years ago, when the mother of another boy said that Fanady and her son went skinny dipping, and the man touched the boy sexually.

Another incident occurred in May, when Fanady allegedly approached boys at a city park, put his hand around one and took him to a secluded area. Fanady said in court he was trying to move the boy away from a river.

Fanady most recently worked for KMPH, a local radio news station, until his arrest last year.

Posted by Nancy at April 7, 2005 11:49 PM