News Release News Release The City of Palo Alto
Communications Department
250 Hamilton Ave
Palo Alto, CA 94301


Subject :

Man Arrested for Sex Crime Against Child; Additional Victims Sought
Contact : Janine De la Vega, Public Affairs Manager    650-329-2413

Palo Alto, CA – Police arrested a Palo Alto man for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under the age of 14 with whom he is related. The suspect also teaches piano lessons to children out of his home, and police are looking into the possibility that there may be additional victims.

On Sunday, January 6, 2019, our department received information from a mandated reporter that a girl had been sexually abused over the past 17 months in a residence in the 4000 block of Campana Drive. The investigation revealed that an elementary school-aged girl had been inappropriately touched by the suspect, who is related to the victim.

Detectives obtained an arrest warrant on Thursday, January 10 charging 34-year-old Nicholas Robinson with 17 counts of lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 and one count of dissuading a witness (all felonies; the last count for attempting to convince someone with knowledge of the abuse not to contact authorities). Detectives arrested Robinson later that afternoon at a relative’s home in Soquel. Police booked the suspect into the Santa Clara County Main Jail pursuant to the warrant. His booking photo is attached to this release.

Robinson teaches piano to children out of his home. While detectives are not aware of any additional victims, we are calling attention to this case since the suspect had access to other children. Anyone who believes that their child may be a victim is welcome to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call our 24-hour dispatch center at 650-329-2413. Anonymous tips can be e-mailed to or sent via text message or voice mail to 650-383-8984. Tips can also be submitted anonymously through our free mobile app, downloadable at or