Former Hemingford Police Chief enters plea

Former Hemingford Police Chief Mark Lindburg has entered a No Contest plea to an amended charge of Attempted First Degree Sexual Assault of a Minor.

Lindburg appeared before Box Butte County District Court Judge Travis O'Gorman and stated he would not contest the charge.

In exchange for his plea, the state dropped a charge of felony child abuse.

The Nebraska Attorney General's office informed the judge that a Nebraska State Patrol investigation, which began in November, 2011, revealed the girl's parents found a text message on their daughter's cell phone from someone asking the girl to have sex that night. The parents called the cell number and Lindburg answered his phone identifying himself. The child's father later confronted Lindburg about the relationship that the girl also admitted to having.

It was also disclosed that the girl would sneak out of her home during evening hours and Lindburg would pick her up in a Hemingford police car while he was on patrol.

An entry in the girl's diary that was discovered by her parents stated that she began seeing Lindburg in 2009, and first had sexual intercourse with Lindburg in June of 2010, when she was 15. The physical relationship lasted until the girl was 17.

Sentencing is set for August 28 at 11 a.m. The crime calls for a prison term of one to 50 years.

Lindburg will also have to register as a sex offender.

Judge O'Gorman revoked Lindburg's bond and ordered him to remain in custody in the Scotts Bluff County Detention Center.

Lindburg has been held in custody since he was arrested in early February.

He served as Hemingford's police chief from November, 2006 until he resigned in November, 2011. Prior to that, Lindburg was employed as a Box Butte County deputy sheriff.

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