Updated: Jun 12, 2020
James E. Albrecht, 46, has accepted a plea deal in a Morrill County child sexual assault case. For these accusations, in which the children vividly described the numerous assaults, Albrecht faced a maximum of life plus thirty-three years in prison.
Albrecht was originally facing one count of Sexual Assault of a Child (Class 1B felony), one count of Strangulation (Class 3A felony) and ten counts of Child Abuse (Class 3A felony). Per the Nebraska Statue, §28-105, a class 1B felony carries a minimum sentence of twenty year imprisonment with a maximum of life imprisonment.
He was alleged to have forced a female child under the age of 10 to perform sexual acts on him and to other children, including a child under the age of 5. While the details of the case are publicly available, we will not release specifics due to the graphic nature of the case.
According to court documents, he was also accused of punching, kicking and otherwise assaulting multiple juveniles who are all under the age of 16. An investigating officer stated in the report that they “conducted a Domestic Violence assessment (copyright John Hopkins University) on James to see if visitation was safe and appropriate. Out of 20 points, James scored a positive on 16. A score of 8 or above means therapy with the abuser is not safe or recommended. A score of 12 is correlated to 94% of the lethality or near lethality that occur in DV."
The court records continue to detail alleged multiple physical and sexual assaults on the minor children over numerous months.
Albrect has accepted a plea deal in which he pleaded No Contest to five Class 1 misdemeanor counts of Child Abuse. As part of the plea deal, Albrecht agreed to relinquish his parental rights to any of his four biological children. For these charges, Albrecht now faces the possible maximum sentence of 5 years imprisonment.
Albrecht’s bond was reduced from $500,000 to $20,000.
Albrecht is scheduled for sentencing July 20th, 2020.
The presiding judge in the Morrill County District Court (Nebraska District 12) is the Honorable Andrea Miller. The Morrill County Attorney prosecuting the case is Travis R. Rodak. James Albrecht was represented by Kelly Breen of the Nebraska Commission on Public Advocacy.