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A Columbus man convicted of a sex crime was sentenced to prison Friday in Platte County District Court.

Jesse A. Marino, 26, was sentenced in Platte County District Court to spend the next 12 months incarcerated for violating the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry Act, and 30 months for third-degree sexual assault of a child, both Class IIIA felonies. He must also serve 12 months of post-release supervision.

Under state law, Marino could have faced a maximum sentence of three years in prison and 18 months of post-release supervision.

According to a warrantless arrest affidavit, Marino was previously convicted in 2012 of a sex crime that placed him on the requirements of the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry Act. Under the act’s parameters, the defendant was to report if he moved from his previous living arrangement located along 18th Street.

It was determined, however, that he had moved to a Fourth Avenue apartment complex more than two years ago, according to court records.

Marino was arrested March 18, 2018, at the Fourth Avenue apartment where he insisted he didn’t live but was simply there to watch his child. After being read his Miranda Rights, court records show Marino admitted to moving into the location just before Christmas and that he didn’t report the address because he believed his girlfriend having three children would restrict him from moving there.

On the day of his arrest, law enforcement began an investigation regarding the sexual assault of a child. The child disclosed to his or her mother that he or she had been inappropriately touched by the defendant.

A forensic interview was conducted at the Child Advocacy Center in Lincoln and the victim reported being sexually assaulted more than 10 times beginning in May 2017.

Marino confirmed that he was the primary caretaker of the child during the time period the assaults happened but denied any wrongdoing to law enforcement, court records show.

In other court news:

*Weylin J. Patrick, 30, of Columbus was sentenced to two years of probation after being found guilty of making terroristic threats, a Class IIIA felony. As part of his sentencing the defendant is being required to pay nearly $4,000 in restitution, court records show. Patrick is being required to pay $300 per month following his sentencing until the total debt amount is fulfilled.

Sam Pimper is the news editor of The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at sam.pimper@lee.net.

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