UPDATE: Paxton Man Accused of Sexually Assaulting Boy Changes Plea, Waives Jury Trial
By Nina Harrelson, Weekend News Anchor/Reporter - bio | email
A 29-year-old Paxton man charged with sexually assaulting a young boy in North Platte last June has changed his plea and waived his right to a jury trial.
Cortney Schrader changed his plea to 'no contest' in a Lincoln County courtroom Friday after initially pleading 'not guilty' to third-degree sexual assault back in July.
Schrader was arrested June 12, 2012, after an officer from the North Platte Police Department responded to 500 North Pacific Place on the report of a sexual assault.
The juvenile victim, whose name is not being released, alleged that Schrader inappropriately touched him in a sexual manner on two prior occasions. The alleged sexual assaults occurred while Schrader was visiting the victim and his family.
Following an investigation and interviews, Schrader -- a registered sex offender -- was placed under arrest for two counts of third-degree sexual assault.
In 2002, Schrader was convicted of two counts of attempted first-degree sexual assault of a minor, according to the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry website.
He has been free on a $5,000 bond since June 18, and has been ordered to have no contact with the victim.
Schrader will be sentenced March 7 in Lincoln County Court.