|Man faces possible life terms in child sexual assault case|
|Written by Wauneta Breeze|
|Thursday, 06 August 2015 19:56|
By Jan Schultz
The Imperial Republican
A 41-year-old man was convicted on all three counts of first degree sexual assault of a child and one count of child abuse in a Chase County District jury trial in July.
The case resulted from incidents involving a minor child in Imperial during 2008.
After jury selection July 21, the case against Stephen Frausto, 41, continued July 22-23 with the verdict issued last Thursday.
Each of the sexual assault of a child felony charge comes with a minimum 15 years in jail with a possibility of life in prison. The child abuse charge, also a felony, has a five-year maximum (no minimum), $10,000 fine or both.
Sentencing is set for Sept. 29 at 11 a.m. in Chase County District Court, according to court documents.
Local law officers indicate Frausto lived in Imperial for several months in late 2007 and 2008. During that time the three sexual assaults occurred over a six-month span.
The minor child was nine years old at the time of the first incident March 31, 2008 and turned 10 prior to the other two occurring on July 31 and Sept. 18 that same year.
The jury, consisting of five men and seven women, took less than an hour last Thursday to render the guilty verdict on all four counts.
Frausto is being held in Chase County Jail until sentencing.
Attorneys Bill Tangeman and Charles Byrd of the Nebraska Attorney General’s Office prosecuted the case. Chase County Attorney Arlan Wine said the two attorneys from Lincoln are specialists in child abuse/assault cases.
District Judge David Urbom of McCook heard the case and will hand down the sentencing in September.