Ex-Fremont police officer gets prison for child sex assault

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A former Fremont police officer has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for sexually assaulting a child.

Austin Williams, 35, was was sentenced Wednesday in Dodge County District Court to 30 months in prison, the Fremont Tribune reported. Williams was convicted of third-degree sexual assault of a child last October following a six-day trial.

Authorities began investigating Williams in 2018 after an advocacy center notified the Nebraska State Patrol of a possible assault. Prosecutors said Williams began the abuse in 2016, when the child was 10 or 11, and continued until August 2018.

Williams was a five-year veteran of the Fremont force when he was fired in February 2019. Williams must also register as a sex offender for 25 years and undergo 18 months of supervision following his release from prison.