A 41-year-old Lincoln man has been convicted in a Buffalo County child prostitution case after changing his plea to 'guilty.'
Shad Chandler changed his plea from 'not guilty' to 'guilty' of first-degree sexual assault of a child in a Lancaster County courtroom Tuesday.
Chandler was arrested last April at his home after paying 35-year-old Michelle Randall, of Upland, to have sex with her 14-year-old daughter.
Randall is also accused of selling her 7-year-old daughter into prostitution. Police say she placed a personal ad on the website Craigslist offering female companionship in the Kearney area, then offered the sexual services of her teen daughter to an undercover officer posing as a man answering the ad.
"This is a very disturbing case," said Col. David Sankey, superintendent of the Nebraska State Patrol. "Our investigators working this case have nearly 30 years of experience and cannot recall a time where children so young were being sold into prostitution."
Chandler is one of five men arrested in connection with the case, including Logan Roepke, 22, of McCook; Donald Grafe, 37, of Columbus; Brian McCarthy, 33, of Lincoln; and 28–year–old Alex Rahe, of Omaha. Each are charged with first–degree sexual assault of a child.
Randall was convicted of nine felony counts last November, including five counts of visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct by a minor, two counts of human trafficking and two counts of child abuse.
She is lodged in the Buffalo County Jail until her sentencing Feb. 7. She faces anywhere from 17 years to life in prison.
Her three daughters are in protective custody with the State Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS).
Chandler faces 20 years to life in prison when he is sentenced April 2.