A Bellevue woman has been found guilty of having sexual contact with her teenage foster son.

A jury this week found Kim M. Carrera, 50, guilty of second-degree sexual assault of a protected person, tampering with physical evidence and child abuse, all felonies. She faces up to seven years in prison when she is sentenced Feb. 11 by Sarpy County District Judge George Thompson.

Police said the victim in the case is a teenager who was placed in Carrera’s care through Nebraska Families Collaborative. The charge of evidence tampering is related to a search of Carrera’s cellphone, police said.

“The investigation revealed information that led detectives to believe Carrera is responsible for removing information from her cellular phone that was directly related to that case,” a Bellevue police spokeswoman said.

Bellevue police officers testified that they found Carrera and a then-17-year-old boy in a vehicle parked late at night in August 2015 behind a store near 15th Street and Cornhusker Road. Officers said they suspected inappropriate contact between the two and began an investigation that led to charges being filed by the Sarpy County attorney.

The case was complicated by a number of issues, including the appointment of Judge Max Kelch, the judge who was overseeing the case, to the Nebraska Supreme Court. Charges against Carrera later were dismissed by prosecutors and then refiled, prompting a flurry of motions by the defense.

Carrera’s motion for dismissal on the grounds that she had not received a speedy trial eventually were rejected by the Nebraska Court of Appeals. The court ruled in March 2018 that “the majority of the delay was due to her own pretrial motions.”

Kevin Cole covers Omaha crime and public safety news. Follow him on Twitter @KevinColeOmaha. Phone: 402-444-1272.

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