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  • Lawyer: Wurtele to Plead Guilty to Sexual Assault Charges

  • Eugene Wurtele, 64, who is charged with 12 counts of first degree sexual assault of a child and two counts of third degree sexual assault on a child has reached a “tentative three-party plea agreement,” according to court documents.
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  • Eugene Wurtele, 64, who is charged with 12 counts of first degree sexual assault of a child and two counts of third degree sexual assault on a child has reached a “tentative three-party plea agreement,” according to court documents.
    The plea agreement was mentioned in a motion submitted by Wurtele’s attorney, James Martin Davis, to continue Wurtele’s jury trial, which was originally set for May 7.
    The trial has been continued until July 9.
    “We’ll be entering the plea in Omaha on May 28,” said Davis. “They’ve set a trial date just because they have to. I just have to make time in my schedule to get down there (to enter the plea).”
    The motion states that Wurtele is being charged in both Douglas and Otoe counties and that the plea agreement would involve both cases.
    “There are two victims here,” said Otoe County Attorney Dave Partsch. “He will be pleading to offenses against both victims which includes first degree counts.”
    Wurtele admitted to the sexual assault of multiple children to police on Sept. 27, 2013.
    “We’ll be pleading guilty to amended charges in Omaha and to three Class 1D felony charges in Otoe County,” said Davis. “Each of those is a minimum 20 years with a maximum of life. And he has to serve 15 years and can’t be bonded out after 10 years. When you’re talking about a 64-year-old man, just one of those sentences is basically a life sentence.”
    Davis said that Wurtele was deeply sorry for his actions.
    “My client would certainly do anything to change what he did,” said Davis. “He’s a fine gentleman. I’ve even had him analyzed by a psychologist and we just can’t see why he would do the things he did.”

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