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Gonzalo Lopez-Rios

Lopez-Rios

A Columbus man convicted of attempting to sexually assault a child was sentenced to prison recently in Platte County District Court.

Gonzalo Lopez-Rios, 21, was sentenced to an indeterminate sentence of one to two years in the Nebraska Department Correctional Services. As part of his conviction, the defendant was required by Judge Robert Steinke to sign the Nebraska Sex Offenders Registry.

The defendant was originally charged with first-degree sexual assault of a minor, a Class II felony, punishable by up to 50 years in prison. The charge was ultimately amended to attempted sexual assault of a minor, a Class IIA felony, punishable by up to 20 years imprisonment.

In October 2018, a warrantless arrest affidavit shows that the Platte County Sheriff’s Office was notified by a worker with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services/Child Protective Services regarding a child abuse/neglect intake he or she received.

The allegations in the intake described the defendant and a juvenile female as having a child in common, and that the defendant was currently 20 and the juvenile, 15. An investigation determined that the defendant and the juvenile met while living in Minnesota and that she became pregnant and gave birth in April 2018.

Court records show the juvenile then moved to her sister’s Columbus home in June of that year, and the defendant followed in July. Law enforcement determined that the pair had been staying together at the girl’s sister’s home in the same bedroom with their child since relocating.

An investigation determined that sexual activity happened on at least two occasions since the defendant and juvenile moved to Platte County.

In other district court news:

*Michael D. Brummond, 53, of Norfolk, pleaded not guilty to operating a motor vehicle to avoid arrest, a Class IV felony; being in possession of a controlled substance, a Class IV felony; resisting arrest first offense, a Class I misdemeanor; DUI-drug first offense, a Class W misdemeanor; and refusing to submit to chemical testing first offense, a Class W misdemeanor. A jury trial is scheduled to be held on Aug. 5.

*Jose L. Corona Jr., 22, pleaded not guilty to charges relating to two separate case files. The defendant pleaded not guilty to first-degree sexual assault of a minor, a Class II felony; and in a separate file, not guilty to being in possession of a controlled substance and willful reckless driving, a Class III misdemeanor. A status hearing is scheduled for July 29.

*Roberto J. Garcia, 29, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty to two counts of theft by shoplifting in the amount of $0-$500, Class IV felonies. A status hearing is scheduled for July 29.

*Kayla J. Hansen, 36, of Columbus, pleaded not guilty to being in possession of a controlled substance. A plea hearing is scheduled for 10 a.m. on June 27.

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

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