October 30, 2007

Idaho Musician Accused of Foot Fondling

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - A 26-year-old musician has been charged with sexual abuse after police received reports from at least nine girls that he asked them for their socks and to rub their feet, sometimes in exchange for cash.

Nate Schierman, who recently released a CD called "Risk" on the Dummy Boy label, was charged this week in 1st District Court with one felony count of sexual abuse of a minor under 16 and a separate count of misdemeanor child enticement. He may face more charges and was in the Kootenai County Jail on a $100,000 bond, police said.

The felony charge stems from a Sept. 20 incident in which Schierman allegedly told a 14-year-old teen he met walking near Lakes Middle School that he was doing a scavenger hunt and needed a pink bracelet - or a pair of socks. The girl was wearing sandals, but a female companion removed her socks and gave them to Schierman in exchange for $20, the Spokesman-Review reported.

The girl in sandals then offered her footwear to Schierman for $20, police said. After that, Schierman allegedly told her he would give her $100 if she would let him massage her feet.

She climbed inside his car and let him rub her feet, she told authorities, but pulled away when Schierman allegedly began stroking his genitals. She kept the $100, police said.

Several years ago, Schierman was arrested as a juvenile in Benewah County for allegedly burglarizing girls' panties from homes in the region, according to court records. He was also investigated in Post Falls in 2005 for allegedly masturbating and exposing himself while rubbing the feet of a girl he met on the Internet site Myspace.com.

After his arrest last Thursday, officers said they then interviewed Schierman's ex-girlfriend, Kelin Bard, who is the mother of his 2-year-old child. She told police he "always had a foot fetish" and liked "socks, the smell of socks, the smell of feet and massaging feet," according to Coeur d'Alene police reports.

Schierman would get socks from women by claiming he was on a scavenger hunt, Bard said.

Police said they had begun receiving reports of teens being solicited near Lakes Middle School before getting an anonymous tip that Schierman was likely responsible.

Several girls gave similar stories of being solicited, and identified Schierman from a photo. One said she received $5 for her socks.

Police say they found a designer sock in Schierman's front yard after they arrested him.

A District Court clerk in Coeur d'Alene said Tuesday that Schierman did not yet have an attorney.


Information from: The Spokesman-Review, http://www.spokesmanreview.com