McCOOK, Nebraska -- A 71-year-old Beacon, Iowa, man admitted guilt to a Class 3A felony offense of abuse of a vulnerable adult, Monday, in Red Willow County District Court.
The charge against the offender, Jerry L. Gilbert, stated that through an intentional act he caused or permitted a vulnerable adult to be sexually abused. Gilbert is scheduled for sentencing at 9 a.m. on March 4, 2013.
In Nebraska Class IIIA felonies carry a maximum sentence of five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine, with no minimum sentence.
Other activity Monday in Red Willow County District Court:
* 20-year-old Johnathon W. Matson of 906 East E Street accepted a plea agreement that admitted guilt to a misdemeanor sexual assault offense. Matson was subsequently sentenced to 18 months probation and ordered to register as a sex offender.
Matson originally was charged with a Class II felony offense of first degree sexual assault stemming from incidents in January and April of 2012. According to court documents the original offense stated Matson had sexual contact with his victim when he was 19 years of age or older and the victim was between the ages of 15 and 12.
The reduced charge Matson was convicted of stated he had sexual contact with the victim when he knew or should have known the victim was mentally incapable of appraising the nature of her conduct.
Court documents indicate the charge was reduced, and a no contact order between Matson and the victim in the case was removed, as a result of discussions with the victim and her family, as well as at their request.
* 48-year-old Janet K. Slater of Culbertson, Nebraska, pleaded not guilty to multiple charges stemming from a September traffic stop by the Nebraska State Patrol. Slater has been charged with felony possession of methamphetamine, drunk driving, refusal to submit to a chemical test and a fourth offense for possession of a controlled substance not in its original container.
A hearing was scheduled in Slater's case for 9 a.m. on March 4, 2013.
* 33-year-old Jason M. Stephens of 38555 Quail Trail accepted a plea agreement that admitted guilt to felony possession of methamphetamine and was subsequently sentenced to 30 months probation.
Stephens was arrested at his home in August 2012 without incident, after the Red Willow County Sheriff's department responded to a call from concerned family members.
Stephens was originally cited with an additional infraction for possession of drug paraphernalia, that charge was dismissed as part of the plea agreement that admitted guilt to the Class IV felony offense of possession of a controlled substance.