ALMA — An Alma man was sentenced Tuesday to 18-22 years in prison for the 2016 sexual assault of a mentally disabled teenager.

According to Harlan County District Court records, the 42-year-old-man was found guilty in April of felony child abuse and felony attempted sexual assault of a child. The Alma man received 985 days credit for time already served, and he must register as a sex offender.

Since October 2016, he has been incarcerated in county jail or at the Lincoln Regional Center where he received competency remediation.

Court records say the man attempted to sexually penetrate a girl at least 12 years old but younger than 16 years in September 2016 in Alma. He also permitted the girl to be placed in a situation to be sexually abused during the same period.

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A 39-year-old former Alma woman and a 41-year-old former Alma man also were involved in the incident and were sentenced to prison.

Names of the individuals involved in the incident aren’t being published to protect the girl’s identity.

According to the woman’s testimony during the 41-year-old man’s trial in October 2017, the encounter between the adults and the girl started as sex between the adults. She said the 41-year-old man left the bedroom, then brought the girl into the room where they all engaged in sex.

The woman was sentenced to two years in prison in March 2018 for two felony child abuse charges stemming from incidents with the girl between July 2016 and Oct. 5, 2016, in Alma, court records indicate. According to the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services website, she was released on parole Jan. 5 from the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women in York.

The 41-year-old man was sentenced to 20-30 years in prison in February 2018 for felony first-degree sexual assault of a child and felony child abuse. The charges stem from incidents with the girl between Aug. 1, 2016, and Sept. 30, 2016, in Alma, court records show. He currently is incarcerated at the Nebraska State Penitentiary in Lincoln and won’t be eligible for parole until Jan. 21, 2035, according to the corrections website.

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