Pleas entered in child sex assault cases

A 20 year old Gering man suspected of texting a number of young girls and having sexual relations has pleaded to two felonies as part of a plea agreement with the prosecution. Anthony Stricker was convicted Thursday of attempted sexual assault of a minor and one count of enticement by an electronic device.

Court documents say an investigation conducted by the Nebraska State Patrol indicated Anthony Stricker had been communicating with several young teens with lewd text messages in March and April, asking the girls to send pornographic images and whether they were interested in having sex.

The investigation began after a grandmother and father of a 14 year old expressed concerns about text messages found on the girl's phone. Sergeant Monty Lovelace posed as the 14 year old in text conversations with Stricker and reviewed an archived message on Stricker's Facebook page that indicated he had sexual relations with a different girl. Stricker then admitted communicating with several young girls and a victim admitted Stricker had sex with her, resulting in the arrest.

Stricker could get 25 years in prison when he is sentenced.

In a different case,A 33 year old man accused of sending sending lewd text messages to a 13 year old girl has pleaded to a lesser offense in a plea agreement.

Gabriel Yoder was convicted Thursday of attempted child enticement. Yoder was accused of sending over 4,700 text messages to the girl, many of which were lewd or sexually suggestive in nature. The documents indicate an arrest warrant was issued after a cell phone belonging to the girl was given to Nebraska State Patrol Sgt. Monty Lovelace.

Yoder could be sentenced to up to 50 years in prison.

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