Former Hemingford police chief Mark Lindburg has been sentenced to 20 to 24 years in prison for one count of attempted first degree sexual assault of a child. The charge is a Class II felony which has a potential penalty of up to 50 years in prison.
Lindburg, 52, pleaded no contest to the charge last month in Box Butte County District Court. He was sentenced Wednesday, Aug. 28.
Lindburg was initially charged with sexual assault for allegedly having intercourse with a juvenile who was under 16 at the time of the incident in 2010, and with child abuse for other events that occurred over an 11-month period of that year.
Lindburg has also worked as a Box Butte County deputy sheriff for seven years before taking the position as Hemingford police chief. He had been in that job for five years before resigning in 2011. He was arrested on the assault charges on Jan. 31.
“This man engaged in sexual relations with an underage girl while on duty,” Nebraska Attorney General Jon Bruning said in a news release. “Today’s sentence ensures he is held accountable for his reprehensible crime.”
Assistant Attorneys General Matt Lierman and Kale Burdick are handling the case.