- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A 29-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting several women in Omaha has pleaded no contest to two counts of sexual assault.

Christopher Ennis reached a plea agreement with prosecutors Monday. He had faced six counts of first-degree sexual assault, one count of attempted first-degree sexual assault and one count of strangulation.

Prosecutors say Christopher Ennis attacked as many as seven women over three years as they walked alone. Ennis is accused of grabbing the women from behind and dragging them behind bushes or buildings before sexually assaulting them.

Authorities said that Ennis choked one of the women until she was unconscious.

Ennis was charged after one woman was assaulted in September 2013 and was able to provide a description of a vehicle that authorities say Ennis drove. Police say they linked Ennis to several unsolved sexual assaults through DNA evidence.

Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said a plea agreement was reached so that the women would not have to testify at trial.

One of the conditions of Ennis’ plea agreement is he will have to listen to victim impact statements from all of his victims when he is sentenced.

Ennis is scheduled to be sentenced in September. He faces up to 100 years in prison.


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