Wilmington man pleads guilty to sexually assaulting two girls being babysat by his wife

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Nathaniel Ray Malpass
Nathaniel Ray Malpass

WILMINGTON — A Wilmington man will serve probation after pleading guilty to child sex offense charges in New Hanover Superior Court on Monday.

Nathaniel Malpass, 39, pleaded guilty to two counts of indecent liberties with a child, according to a news release from District Attorney Ben David. Malpass’ plea comes on the week his case was scheduled for trial. Jury selection was set to begin Monday.

Malpass was charged with sexually assaulting two girls in their home in 2014, David said. The defendant met the victims — ages 4 and 10 — through his wife. Malpass’ wife was a longtime babysitter for the victims and their family.

Superior Court Judge Jay Hockenbury sentenced Malpass to 34-60 months in prison, which was suspended, and ordered him to serve 60 months of probation. Malpass is required to register as a sex offender for 30 years.

The judge also ordered Malpass not to live with any minor child during his probation and not to have contact with the victims.