Sexual Assault on 12-year-old: Crime Report

Note: All those arrested are innocent until proven guilty.
west-boca-arrests-jan-2014Nakia Gordon (above left, 33) was arrested early this morning on many counts of sexual assault on a minor. He’s being held on bond of $50K per count, which adds up to well over $1 million total.
The charges are not completely clear. As written, it covers assault on a minor under 18 years old but 12 or older, and suggests that Mr. Gordon had some kind of custodial authority over the child. That could mean he’s the father, adoptive father, guardian, or something else. The Sun-Sentinel has some additional details, but not much. They indicate the victim is a girl who was 12 when the incidents began and is now 13.
Also arrested today were Rebecca Ward (above center, 34) and Brooke Helwig (above right, 30). Their two cases may be connected, though Ms. Helwig vigorously denies that in a comment on our Facebook page. The two were booked at almost identical times shortly before noon. Their reported addresses are about a half-mile of each other, off Lyons in or near Sandalfood Cove. Their alleged crimes seem related – fraudulent use of a credit card by Ms. Ward and dealing in stolen property and some kind of fraud in pawning items by Ms. Helwig.
Both also seem to have lengthy connections in the area, with Helwig a Spanish River High graduate and Ward a Coconut Creek High grad.
Update
Ms. Helwig seems to feel we got some facts wrong. This prompted us to do additional research, so here are some more facts. Ms. Helwig appears to have been arrested four previous times in Palm Beach County between 2003 and 2008, including on felony charges.
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She also had a case in Broward back in 2004:
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Ms. Ward has three previous cases, all more recent:
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Update 2
And thanks to a reader tip we heard, and then confirmed, that Ms. Helwig was or is in a relationship with none other than recent arrestee Nick Maida.
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And WPTV has an update on the Maida story, alleging that he robbed a jewelry store.

Author: Warren Redlich

Warren Redlich is a real estate agent and an attorney. He focuses on selling homes in West Boca Raton. Find out more at Yes Boca Real Estate.