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Lincoln man pleads to lesser charge in sex assault case

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — A Lincoln man who had his attempted sexual assault conviction overturned by the Nebraska Supreme Court has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor in the case.

The Lincoln Journal Star reports that 31-year-old Curtis Lavalleur pleaded no contest last week to third-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 360 days in jail. Because he was given credit for the 422 days he’d already served, he won’t serve more time, but he will have to register as a sex offender.

Prosecutors had accused Lavalleur of sexually assaulting a co-worker after a night of drinking in 2012. He was convicted of attempted first-degree sexual assault the next year and sentenced to two to three years in prison. But the state’s high court ordered a new trial in 2014, saying the trial judge wrongly applied the state’s rape shield law in refusing to allow a defense attorney to question the victim.

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Information from: Lincoln Journal Star, http://www.journalstar.com

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