A 46-year-old Bayard man is facing a dozen felonies for alleged child abuse and child sexual assault committed over the course of 2019.
Morrill County Court documents say James Albrecht was charged Dec. 23 with ten counts of felony child abuse, one count of first degree sexual assault of a child and one count of strangulation after a Nebraska State Patrol investigation of allegations made after a woman and her five children fled to a shelter in early November of this year.
According to an arrest affidavit, the woman took the children after the youngest girl reported she was sexually molested by the suspect in July.
In forensic interviews, the five children recounted stories of the defendant sexually abusing of the youngest girl, as well as withholding food from the three oldest children, choking the oldest boy, and placing children in situations endangering their physical or mental health during the course of 2019.
Albrecht’s preliminary hearing was scheduled for January 8th, with bond set at $500,000 with a ten percent provision.
The child sexual assault charge carries a possible sentence of 20 years to life, and the 11 other charges each carry a possible sentence of up to three years, a $10,000 fine or both.