- Associated Press - Friday, October 31, 2014

PAPILLION, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska sheriff’s deputy faces a misdemeanor sexual assault charge for an alleged incident at a Papillion sports bar.

Sgt. Rick Wheeler of the Sarpy County sheriff’s office is charged with one count of third-degree sexual assault.

The Cass County attorney’s office alleges that Wheeler touched a woman in a sexual manner without her consent at Jerzes Sports Bar on Sept. 9. The sheriff’s department became aware of the incident a few days later and launched an internal investigation.

Wheeler, a 26-year veteran of the department, has pleaded not guilty to the charge. A pretrial hearing is set for Nov. 21.

Wheeler was placed paid administrative leave. His attorney declined to comment.

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