LEXINGTON, Neb. — A man wanted for several years finally faced a charge that he sexually assaulted a minor.
Wilfredo Lorenzo-Ordonez pleaded guilty Thursday in Dawson County Court to first-degree sexual assault. District Judge James E. Doyle set sentencing for Oct. 7.
Lorenzo-Ordonez was 19 when he allegedly assaulted a girl on Aug. 17, 2009.
The girl's mother reported the offense to Lexington police, and he was arrested. He was held on $100,000 bail.
During the ensuing months, trial dates were set four times but were delayed to enable defense attorneys to gather statements. Lorenzo-Ordonez's bail was reduced, then revoked when he failed to appear for a hearing on April 2, 2010.
A warrant was issued for his arrest. On April 13, 2013, local law enforcement agencies were notified that Lorenzo-Ordonez was being held in a jail in Texas on the Nebraska warrant.
Lorenzo-Ordonez was originally charged with a Class II felony, which calls for a prison term of one to 50 years. As part of a plea bargain, the charge was reduced to a Class III felony, and he could be sentenced from one to 20 years in prison.
Through an interpreter, Lorenzo-Ordonez was told he would be forced to register as a sex offender and could be denied U.S. citizenship.