Attorney: Incline Village man has cooperated with authorities in child abuse investigation (updated)
May 11, 2018
Washoe County sheriff's deputies are asking for the public's help in locating an Incline Village man identified as a suspect in a child abuse and domestic violence investigation.
The sheriff's office said Friday that Nicholas Lightfoot, 39, is believed to be driving a white 2011 Porsche Panamera. It has a Nevada license plate, LT43263. Secret Witness is offering a $750 reward for information leading to Lightfoot's arrest and prosecution. He's suspected of multiple counts of child abuse and domestic battery.
Reno-based attorney Theresa Ristenpart took to social media Friday to say that Lightfoot — her client — has been fully cooperative with the sheriff's office. She said authorities did not have sufficient evidence for an arrest warrant and that the sheriff's office has not attempted to "reach out" to Lightfoot since May 2.
"WCSO's information is purposely misrepresenting the situation in a blatant attempt to influence public opinion," Ristenpart wrote on Facebook.
None of Ristenpart's comments address the fact that Lightfoot has not turned himself in, countered Bob Harmon, public information officer for Washoe County Sheriff's Office.
"Right not we're trying to locate him," Harmon told the Tribune Friday. "As of right now we are not in contact with him … and we want him to turn himself in.
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"She isn't explaining why he hasn't turned himself in," Harmon added.
Ristenpart told the Tribune Friday that her client has every intention of cooperating with the investigation. He maintains his innocence.
A phone call by the Tribune to Lightfoot's cell phone rang several times before going to voicemail.
Harmon said he did not know if authorities had asked for a warrant, but he said they had "probable cause."
Harmon said additional details will not be released since the case concerns child abuse.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff's office at 775-328-3320 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
Tahoe Daily Tribune Editor Ryan Hoffman and the Associated Press contributed to this report.
ORIGINAL POST: Washoe Sheriff seeks child abuse suspect from Incline Village
RENO, Nev. — Washoe County Sheriff’s Department deputies are asking for the public’s help in locating a 39-year-old man as a suspect in a child abuse and domestic violence investigation at Lake Tahoe.
The sheriff’s office said Friday Nicholas Lightfoot of Incline Village is believed to be driving a white 2011 Porsche Panamera. It has a Nevada license plate, LT43263.
No other details have been released.
Anyone with information is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 775-328-3320 or Secret Witness at 775-322-4900.
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