Former Hemingford Police Chief enters not guilty pleas

Former Hemingford Police Chief Mark Lindburg has entered not guilty pleas to felony sexual assault of a minor and felony child abuse.

Lindburg appeared in Box Butte County District Court Wednesday morning after waiving his right to a preliminary hearing on Tuesday in county court.

Lindburg's request to have his bond reduced from $100,000 to $10,000 was denied by Judge Travis O'Gorman, who stated that the $100,000 bond would continue due to the seriousness of the charges.

Pubic Defender Dave Eubanks argued unsuccessfully that Lindburg was not a flight risk because he has known about the pending charges for 18 months but has not fled from the area. Without a public explanation, Lindburg resigned as Hemingford Police Chief in November, 2011, and found employment working in security in Scottsbluff.

The 52-year-old Lindburg remains in custody. His trial is set for the April 29 jury term.

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