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COLUMBUS — A 22-year-old Columbus man is accused of sexually assaulting two underage girls on multiple occasions while carrying on relationships during 2016 and 2017.

Columbus Police arrested Dustin Pospisil on Wednesday on two counts of first-degree sexual assault in connection with the months-long relationships that began when the girls were 14 and 15 years old and living in Columbus.

Platte County Court Judge Patrick McDermott set Pospisil’s bond at $250,000, 10 percent allowed for release, during a brief bond review hearing Wednesday afternoon.

McDermott, subbing for regular County Court Judge Frank Skorupa, scheduled Pospisil for a felony first appearance hearing next Wednesday and appointed the county public defender’s office to represent him.

Pospisil has not been formally charged by the county attorney’s office.

A Columbus Police investigation began in July with reports from the alleged victims during interviews at the Norfolk Group Home and Nova Treatment Community in Omaha, where the teens were living last summer.

The girls both described having multiple sexual contacts with Pospisil, sometimes using drugs and sometimes not, at his Columbus residence and other locations, according to Investigator Bret Strecker’s probable cause arrest statement.

Pospisil said he thought the girls were 16, the state’s statutory age of sexual consent, but admitted they could have been 14 or 15, the investigator wrote in his statement.

The local man was assaulted in June at an apartment building in the 2500 block of 29th Avenue and suffered injuries that required treatment at a trauma center.



Jim Osborn is a news reporter at The Columbus Telegram.

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