A Nebraska City woman sentenced to jail for contributing to the delinquency of a minor told the county court judge that someone took her phone and sent a nude image to a 16-year-old boy.
Michelle M. Turner, 38, is appealing her sentence of 180 days in jail calling it excessive.
At a July hearing, Deputy Otoe County Attorney John Palmtag said Nebraska City police investigated a complaint from the teen’s state ward supervisor that he had been spending time with Turner, who was 21 years older.
Palmtag said Ofc. Nate Wigington checked a cell phone used by the boy and found messages he linked to Turner, including a nude image.
At sentencing Aug. 26, Turner apologized for crimes that had been committed and said she has distanced herself from that area.
Later, when Judge Funke was pronouncing sentence, she said she “had set her phone down and someone grabbed it and sent that.”
She said she entered a guilty plea to the deliquency charge because she felt it would be difficult to prove her innocence.
“I mean, it’s hard to prove that is wasn’t me since it was my phone,” she said.
The judge noted that she had entered a guilty plea.
In a plea agreement, Palmtag dismissed charges of sending obsence material and failure to appear. He also agreed to remain silent at sentencing.
The contributing to delinquency charge is a class 1 misdemeanor which carries a maximum sentence of a year in prison and a $1,000 fine.