By Andrea Papagianis

Authorities in Fort Collins, Colo. arrested a former Dana Point youth minister last month following accusations he sexually assaulted an 8-year-old boy, officials confirmed.

Nicholas Henshaw. Courtesy photo
Nicholas Henshaw. Courtesy photo

Nicholas Grant Henshaw, 35, of Fort Collins, was charged with one count of sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, Larimer County court records show. Colorado classifies the crime as a felony.

Henshaw was the subject of multiple investigations in Larimer County over the last 18-months, said Don Vagge, deputy chief of the Fort Collins Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division. The most recent led to Henshaw’s arrest. Vagge also confirmed Orange County Sheriff’s Department authorities had previously investigated Henshaw on similar accusations when he worked as pastor in Dana Point.

The accused’s former Dana Point roommate, Jeff Singleton, said Henshaw worked as a youth pastor at Capo Beach Calvary Church, now Capo Beach Church, in 2001 and 2002 when they lived together with other roommates.

Capo Beach Church pastor Craig Whittaker could not be reached for comment.

The sheriff’s department investigated Henshaw in 2003, confirmed OCSD spokesman Lt. Jeff Hallock. The case was presented to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office thereafter but due to a lack of evidence, no charges were filed, he said.

Henshaw is out on bail and is due in court April 4 for a deposition hearing.

Andrea Swayne contributed to this report.

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