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Casey T. Mitchell

A 19-year-old Hershey man was charged Sunday with first-degree sexual assault.

Around 2 a.m. on July 6, the Lincoln County sheriff's office received a report that a teenage girl was in the emergency room of Great Plains Health center. She said she had been sexually assaulted.

Deputies met with her and took her to the Bridge of Hope Child Advocacy Center in North Platte, where she was interviewed and received a medical examination, according to a sheriff’s statement.

Deputies were told the girl was raped while visiting a friend, Casey Mitchell of Hershey, at a house on Oregon Trail Road just south of Hershey.

According to the sheriff's statement, at some point during the evening Mitchell told the girl that he wanted to have sexual intercourse. The girl told him many times that she did not want to have sex, but to no avail, the sheriff said.

The girl left the house after the incident and told a parent of a friend what had happened, and the concerned parent took her to the emergency room, the statement said.

Deputies executed a search warrant of the house on Oregon Trail Road around 8 a.m. Sunday. They found Mitchell and arrested him. Numerous unspecified evidentiary items were seized, as well as some drug paraphernalia, according to the statement.

Mitchell was taken to the Lincoln County jail, interviewed and charged with first-degree sexual assault.

In court Monday, Lincoln County Judge Kent Turnbull told Mitchell he faces up to 50 years in prison if he is convicted.

"Also, you need to know that this crime is an enhancable offense," Turnbull said. "In other words, a second conviction down the line would result in a minimum 25-year prison sentence."

Deputy County Attorney Jennifer Wellan Clements asked that bond be set at $250,000. 

Turnbull complied and asked Mitchell if he would be able to post bond. Mitchell said no. Turnbull assigned him to the public defender's office and told him to return to court on July 10.


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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 7/7/2014
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