A 24-year-old Hastings man accused of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old has been sentenced to nine to 10 years in prison.

Adams County District Judge Stephen Illingworth sentenced Jeromy Naslund of 222 S. Cedar Ave. on Sept. 28. Illingworth also ordered a consecutive sentence of three years in prison with 18 months of post-release supervision and required Naslund to register as a sex offender for life.

Naslund pleaded no contest Aug. 3 to first-degree sexual assault of a minor and intentional child abuse.

In exchange for his plea, prosecutors dropped charges of creating child pornography and possessing child pornography that were added to the case on July 7.

According to the arrest affidavit, Naslund met the 15-year-old alleged victim on Snapchat and convinced her to send nude photos. The two later met and had sexual contact.

On April 9, Naslund picked the alleged victim up and took her to his apartment. Once inside, Naslund reportedly got aggressive, struck the girl and choked her. Then he reportedly raped her and carved words on her bottom with some kind of sharp instrument.

First-degree sexual assault of a minor is a Class 2 felony punishable by up to 50 years in prison. Intentional child abuse is a Class 3A felony punishable by up to three years in prison and a $10,000 fine.

This was the third time Naslund had faced sexual assault charges in Adams County in three years.

In 2018, prosecutors charged Naslund with sexual assault in two separate cases.

One alleged incident involved a 15-year-old girl, and a jury acquitted Naslund of the charge in June 2018. In that case, Naslund would have turned 19 about six months before the alleged victim turned 16.

Under Nebraska law, people 19 and older can’t have sexual contact with people younger than 16.

Another charge involving an alleged 13-year-old victim also was filed in 2018, but that charge later was dismissed for unknown reasons. After the charge was dropped, the case was automatically sealed in compliance with Nebraska law.

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