- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 5, 2016

LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) - The Nebraska Court of Appeals has upheld the conviction and sentence of a 24-year-old western Nebraska woman who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl.

But the appeals court on Tuesday lowered the requirement for Molleigh Valdez, of Alliance, to serve a lifetime on the state’s sex offender registry to 25 years on the registry. The appeals court found that the judge was wrong to find Valdez committed an aggravated offense, requiring the lifetime registration, without a hearing or receiving evidence.

The appeals court upheld her conviction of third-degree sexual assault of a child and sentence of five years in prison.

The girl told authorities that she and Valdez had engaged in sexual activity after the girl’s mother contacted police about suspicions of a relationship between the two.

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