BEATRICE – A Beatrice man will serve a 15-to-20-year prison sentence and a consecutive one-year term, after being convicted in a case involving sex with a minor.
56-year-old Russell Mann was given the 15-to-20-year term by District Judge Vicky Johnson, for attempted visual depiction of sexually explicit conduct. He was also sentenced for attempt of a felony and intrusion on a person without consent. As part of a plea agreement, charges of first-degree sexual assault and first-degree sexual assault of a child, were dropped.
Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan said Mann’s history with the victim dates back several years, when the victim was a teenager. The violations, she said, only came to light after a video surfaced, showing Mann having sex with the victim.
:34 “to the defendant”
Spracklen-Hogan said Mann violated court orders banning him from contact with the victim. She said it was time to end the control Mann had over his victim, and his “reprehensible behavior”.
Mann’s attorney, Dustin Garrison called the sexual assault charges “raw allegations”, that were never proven. He contended the victim initiated the encounter with Mann.
:28 “did this, willingly”
Both the state and defense issued a recommendation for a prison term of eight years. Judge Johnson said that wasn’t enough.
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Johnson said Mann’s thinking processes “remain distorted”. The judge noted that the victim reported she was assaulted hundreds of times.
The judge said she was not being critical of law enforcement or the prosecution, but described it as “one of the realities of dealing with child victims, and the grooming and threatening behaviors exhibited by predators, to maintain control over the victims”.
:20 “that he can”
Mann will receive credit off his prison term for six hundred days spent in custody. He will have to register as a convicted sex offender for a 25-year-period.