Jury finds man guilty of sexual assault of a child


A Scotts Bluff County District Court jury returned a guilty verdict in the case of a Gering man accused of third degree sexual assault of a child.

The defense attorney for Richard Cobos, also known as Rico Cobos, told the jury this morning that the victim's dream has become his client's nightmare.

The jury received the case against Cobos at mid-morning and return a verdict just before 2:30 this afternoon.

Cobos was employed as a junior high math teacher with the Mitchell School district when he was arrested in September of last year in Gothenberg for the alleged molestation in August of 2012.

Cobos attorney Bell Island said in his closing statement the victim testified she was asleep and the incident "felt like a dream". Island said the girl's allegation was an attempt to gain attention after being depressed and her family being upset about her schoolwork. Island also emphasized the victim did not say anything about the incident until a year later and that the victim's twin sister, who was lying next to her, was never interviewed.

Scotts Bluff County Attorney Doug Warner admitted the girl thought initially the situation was a dream but then realized she was being touched in inappropriate areas and singled out Cobos, a family member. Warner said the victim's testimony was very detailed and her credibility should not be questioned simply because she had some mental issues and waited a year to come forward. Warner also said Cobos's actions when his wife Valerie confronted him about the allegations showed he is guilty.

Cobos remains free on bond and will be sentenced June 4th at 8 a.m.

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