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Dakota Niles

Dakota Niles of North Platte was sentenced Monday to 10-15 years in prison.

Niles, 22, was once wanted for failure to appear in court on five counts of sexual assault of a child. He was initially charged in September 2012 after a 14-year-old girl said he sexually assaulted her.

Niles was convicted in April of one count of child sex assault. He pled no contest to the charge.

The girl said the first assault was in spring 2011 and the last one in August 2012. She told law officers that Niles was aware of her age.

After Niles pled not guilty in Lincoln County District Court on Aug. 12, 2013, he was released on bond. Then he made things worse by not showing for his next court date. He repeated that mistake again, eventually facing three FTA counts, along with the sex assault charges.

He was jailed in January and has been behind bars since. According to a sex offender evaluation, he is at low risk to reoffend and he admitted responsibility for the assaults. But Lincoln County District Court Judge Richard Birch was not overly sympathetic.

“In your favor, you did take responsibility,” Birch said. “You have a minimal record (of prior charges) and you have a low risk rating. However, I cannot ignore that these are serious charges.”

After the 10-15 year sentence was pronounced, the victim’s family silently left the front row of the courtroom, where they had watched the proceedings.

Niles received credit for the 158 days he’s spent in jail since January.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/9/2014
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