Santa Rosa, CA – July 30, 2019 – Defendant Nicholas Planty, 43 years old of Santa Rosa, CA,
was sentenced today to serve 9 years in state prison by the Honorable Dana
Simonds after having plead “no contest” in June to multiple crimes including
Attempted Sexual Battery, Attempted Trespass, Peeping Inside an inhabited
Dwelling, and five felony counts of Battery on a Custodial Officer by Gassing.
The initial charges resulted from a July 9, 2016 incident in
which Planty, a registered sex offender on parole, followed a 19 year old woman
home from Coddingtown Mall. As the victim entered her isolated,
residential neighborhood, Planty began running at her. The victim,
fearing she didn’t have time to reach her second floor apartment, ran to a
neighbor’s ground floor apartment and pounded on the door and repeatedly rang
the doorbell before being let inside. Planty unsuccessfully attempted to
force his way into the apartment. On arrival, a police officer saw Planty
standing behind a stairwell on the neighbor’s front porch trying to look inside
the residence through the front window.
When asked why he followed her, Planty said the woman caught
his eye and he wanted to ask her for a cigarette. When searched, Planty was
found to have a full pack of cigarettes and lighter.
While in custody awaiting trial Planty committed multiple
felony ‘batteries by gassing’ on custodial officers; repeatedly assaulting them
by throwing feces on them. Planty has a lengthy criminal history
including prior prison convictions for lewd and lascivious conduct on a child,
felony battery on a peace officer, and felony battery by gassing on a custodial
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney
Evanthia A Pappas, assisted by District Attorney Investigators Denise
Urton and Ken Pistorio, and Victim Advocate Gladys Wheeler. Santa Rosa
Police Department headed the investigation.