A Bellevue man who, along with his wife, was accused of repeatedly raping the couple's five-year-old son has taken a plea bargain and faces up to 105 years in prison.
The 33-year-old man pleaded no contest on Friday in Sarpy County District Court to first-degree sexual assault, visual depiction of a sexually explicit act and child abuse.
Prosecutor Stephanie Hansen said the three charges stemmed from a cell phone video taken by the man that showed the wife sexually assaulting the boy.
At the plea hearing, the man said he was light-headed and had to sit down while the judge read the possible sentence.
As part of the agreement, Sarpy prosecutors dropped charges of first-degree sexual assault of a child, incest, visual depiction of sexual conduct, possession of child pornography, child abuse and animal indecency.
Hansen said she also expects a Douglas County prosecutor to drop a charge of possession of a gun by a prohibited person.
The man didn't have a chance to address the charges, but he did ask the prosecutor to make it clear that his charges stemmed from aiding in the assault rather than committing it himself.
His attorney, Ann Addison-Wagman, said he pleaded because “he does not want his son to suffer any further damage.”
The mother has been charged with five felonies and a misdemeanor. On Monday, a judge ordered her moved from Lincoln Regional Center back to the Sarpy County Jail.
Her case is still progressing toward trial.
The child is with other family members, and his parents are not allowed to see him.