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Acting coach admits to masturbating in front of young students

Nicholas Barghini pleaded guilty in court on Monday.
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What's happening?

Nicholas Barghini has admitted to lewd conduct in front of young girls aged 9-11 while he was giving them acting lessons.

In court on Monday, the 31 year old pleaded to charges levied against him dating back to last summer, the Ramsey County Attorney told GoMN.

This includes 2nd degree criminal sexual conduct – a felony – and what equates to three gross misdemeanors for 5th degree criminal sexual conduct.

He will be sentenced on April 23.

What did he do?

We reported on the accusations against Barghini last year, when it was first reported he'd targeted victims who had acting classes with him at Merriam Park and Riverview libraries in St. Paul.

According to the criminal complaint, one of them was an 11-year-old girl who on July 15, 2017 at Merriam Park Library was told to take off her socks and shoes and lay face-down on a couch while she recited a monologue.

He then proceeded to masturbate while tickling her feet and then rubbed his penis on her feet.

This scene was repeated with another girl, this one 10 years old, who had responded to an ad about "developing confidence, overall performance technique, and acting technique" at Riverside Library.

During that class on July 29, Barghini masturbated while rubbing her bare feet with his face.

The girl went home that day and told her mother Barghini had done "weird stuff" to her.

When police were informed, they found self-made videos on a hard drive of him touching the feet of children with his hands, placing his mouth on their feet and exposing his penis in their presence.

He admitted on Monday to doing this six times during the course of last summer.

Upon searching his house, police found a note titled "What I Want," and under No. 5 was "Sex goals," followed by a row of ages: pre-13, 13-17, 18+ and 40+.

Next to these ages were columns saying "feet, other and fj (footjob)" with Xs under feet and "fj" in the pre-13 category.

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