Jamie Johnston, 24, of North Platte, waived his preliminary hearing Thursday and was bound over to district court on a charge of first-degree sexual assault. Johnston was arrested Sept. 9 after a teenage mom came to authorities, looking for money to help raise her year–old baby.
Police Information Officer Rodney Brown said the Lincoln County Attorney’s Office asked for an investigation regarding a 15-year-old girl who allegedly had sexual intercourse with an adult.
Now 17, the girl requested help at the Lincoln County Child Support Office. An earlier paternity test had indicated that Johnston is the biological father. After a police investigator questioned Johnston he was arrested and jailed.
Nebraska state law requires minors to be at least 16 years-old to legally have consensual sex and in this case the girl was 15 and Johnston was 22 at the time the baby was conceived. There of statute of limitations in Nebraska on sexual assault of a minor.
Johnston's bond was lowered from $100,000 to $75,000.
Also, Denver J. Lindsey, 23, of Salt Lake City, pled guilty to an amended charge of misdemeanor theft by receiving.
Lindsey was arrested Aug. 27 at the Flying J Travel Center east of North Platte after police were informed that two people had unloaded belongings from a Jeep Cherokee in the parking lot and had walked out the travel center to the eastbound on ramp to I-80, to hitch a ride out of town.
After checking the Jeep’s license number it was found that it was listed as stolen out of Salt Lake City. Police found that Lindsey was the driver of the Jeep and had a passenger who is a transient.
The Jeep belonged to Lindsey’s grandparents in Salt Lake and has been reclaimed by them with no damages, according to Jennifer Wellan, an attorney with the county attorney’s office.
Lincoln County Judge Michael Piccolo sentenced Lindsey to 60 days with credit for 16 days that he has already served.