Former golf coach pleads guilty to felony theft

By Rachel Kytonen

A former Braham Schools golf coach and teacher facing six counts of felony theft has entered a petition to enter a guilty plea.

David Brian Nickles, 50, Braham, first appeared Aug. 25 in 10th District Court in Cambridge charged with three felony charges of theft by swindle; and three felony charges of theft-take/use/transfer movable property without consent.

Nickles appeared before Judge James Dehn Dec. 15 where he entered a petition to enter a guilty plea to one count of felony theft. Sentencing is scheduled for Feb. 2.

The alleged thefts related to golf cards fundraisers and shortcomings in the accounts for missing money and/or cards.

The charges stem the alleged thefts took place from Jan. 1, 2008 through Dec. 31, 2008 with a value of $630; Jan. 1, 2009 through Dec. 31, 2009 with a value of $1,510; and Jan. 1, 2010 through Dec. 31, 2010 with a value of $1,350.

Superintendent Greg Winter said Nickles has resigned from the school district as an elementary teacher. The School Board accepted his resignation during an emergency meeting Jan. 17.