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Eric L. Humphrey
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Jeremiah L. Bloxton

The case is expanding against alleged assailant Eric Humphrey of North Platte, now charged with five separate counts of sexual assault of a child.

Humphrey, 28, of North Platte pleaded not guilty Monday in Lincoln County District Court.

He was arrested March 6 and has been jailed since. He was picked up along with his roommate Paul Timmer after a teenage girl told investigators that she and Timmer had sex at the men’s home and Humphrey tried to have sex with her too.

The evidence is extensive in the other four counts against Humphrey. Defense attorney Michael Nozicka and Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Jennifer Wellan both asked for more time to review.

Wellan said there are more than 600 pages in the evidence file. Nozicka told the court that he needs to go over it all carefully.

A preliminary hearing on count one was set for Dec 4, but no preliminary hearings are set for counts 2-5 yet.

In the initial charge, Timmer’s wife Kelly was also arrested and charged with child abuse and debauchery. She was later sentenced to probation. Paul Timmer’s charges were amended to misdemeanor child abuse and debauching a minor. He was released in August. He is required to register as a sex offender.


In other district court action Monday, Jeremiah Bloxton, 19, of North Platte was sentenced for two crimes -- terroristic threats and burglary.

Bloxton cut himself in February after breaking a window at Tailspin Pet Groomers to steal some cash and other property. Police said it looked like someone tried to force a door open to get inside, but when that didn’t work they broke out a window and went in. Blood was found and sent to the Nebraska State Patrol Crime Lab for DNA comparison. The results came back in July, indicating the blood was Bloxton’s.

In a plea bargain with the Lincoln County Attorney’s Office, Bloxton pleaded no contest and was sentenced to 120 days jail for each crime, but District Judge Richard Birch made the sentences concurrent, and Bloxton received credit for 120 days he has already served.

Bloxton was also ordered to pay restitution of $1,107.

Bloxton was already in jail when the DNA results came back. He violated a protection order on May 27, served three days on that charge, and was arrested again June 22 for terroristic threats, illegal use of a firearm and theft.

Previously, Bloxton served 35 days in April for child abuse and resisting arrest.

Back in February he was arrested for assault and police arrested him two days later after they pulled over a carload of intoxicated minors who said that Bloxton gave them the alcohol. Bloxton was found, arrested and jailed for two days. The next day he was arrested again, charged with trespassing at a friend’s house and refusing to leave after he wore out his welcome.

Warrants were issued again in mid-March when he failed to appear in court three times, disturbed the peace and obstructed an officer. He was charged with child abuse and resisting arrest in April, after police found two three-year old children walking in the street without supervision and learned that Bloxton was supposed to be the babysitter. Bloxton jumped a fence and got away for a few days.

According to sheriff’s records Bloxton was also arrested in July, August, September and October 2011 on a variety of charges including MIP, assault and trespassing.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 11/26/2012
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