John J. Barr
After an extensive, year-long investigation, 29-year-old Eric Humphrey was convicted Tuesday of two counts of child sex assault. Humphrey told the court he would not contest the charges.
Humphrey was arrested a year ago, on March 6, 2012, along with roommate Paul Timmer. A teenage girl told investigators that she and Timmer had sex in the men’s home and Humphrey tried to have sex with her, too.
Investigators compiled more than 600 pages of evidence, and after long consideration, the county attorney and defense attorney Michael Nozicka arrived at the plea agreement. Humphrey agreed not to contest two charges if three other counts were dropped.
Lincoln County District Judge Richard Birch ordered a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for May 6.
Defense attorney Michael Nozicka pointed out that Humphrey has been in jail more than a year and asked for a lower bond. Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Wellan did not object, and Humphrey’s bond was lowered from $75,000 to $25,000.
Initially, Timmer’s wife Kelly was also charged with child abuse and debauchery. She was later sentenced to probation.
Timmer has disappeard.
His charges were amended to misdemeanor child abuse and debauching a minor and he was released in August. But, Timmer failed to register as a sex offender and is currently one of Lincoln County’s most wanted fugitives.
John Barr, 30, of North Platte, was convicted of attempted sexual assault of a child and assault of a confined person.
In exchange for the plea, two more serious charges -- sexual assault of a child and aggravated assault (strong-arm) -- were dropped.
The charges stem from when a teenage girl stayed overnight with her friend, Barr’s stepdaughter. Investigators said Barr assaulted her on the couch, touching her inappropriately and trying to pull her pants down.
And while in jail, Barr had an argument with another prisoner, Derek Thompson, that escalated into a fist fight.
Judge Richard Birch ordered a pre-sentence investigation and Barr will be back May 6 for sentencing. According to jail records, Barr is held without bond.
The case of Anthony Nunnenkamp, 29, of North Platte was continued until May after defense attorney Ryan Wilcox said he wanted to take more dispositions from victims and witnesses.
Nunnenkamp has been in the county jail on a $100,000 bond since Nov. 5, when he was charged with first-degree sexual assault.
The alleged assault occurred in connection with rape charges against men in the Virgil Apodaca family. Three teenage women said they were raped in May during a night of partying.
Nunnenkamp was charged months later, after DNA tests finally came back from the lab, showing the presence of his DNA in swabs taken from the girls.
Wilcox asked for a bond reduction. He said Nunnenkamp is not a flight-risk because he lives here, has family here and has no record of sex crimes.
But Chief Deputy Lincoln County Attorney Tanya Roberts-Connick argued against any reduction, saying that Anthony is possibly facing a habitual criminal charge because of his record of two prior felony convictions and a string of other crimes, some involving violence.
District Judge Donald Rowlands denied a bond reduction.
Nunnenkamp is scheduled to return to district court on May 7.