A June trial date has been set for a Morrill County man charged with one count of first degree sexual assault of a child, one count of strangulation and 10 counts of intentional child abuse without injury.
Court records show James Albrecht of Bayard appeared before Morrill County District Court Judge Andrea Miller Tuesday, entering not guilty pleas to all 12 charges.
Albrecht was arrested last December following a Nebraska State Patrol investigation into allegations the 46-year-old had placed five children in situations endangering their physical or mental health during the course of 2019, had sexually assaulted the youngest girl and had choked the oldest boy.
A pre-trial conference in the case was set for April 6, with trial to begin with the jury term that starts June 1.
In a separate hearing the same day, Albrecht’s initial bond of $500,000 was lowered to $250,000 with a ten percent provision, with orders of no contact with the victims or their guardian.
The child sexual assault charge carries a possible sentence of 20 years to life, and the 11 other charges each carry a possible sentence of up to three years, a $10,000 fine or both.