- Associated Press - Friday, March 25, 2016

GERING, Neb. (AP) - The second of two western Nebraska men accused of plying teenage girls with liquor to have sex with them has been acquitted of sexual assault.

Court records say 23-year-old Gage Soto, of Gering, was found not guilty Tuesday of sexual assault of an incompetent person but was convicted of eight counts of procuring alcohol for a minor. Soto’s sentencing hearing is scheduled for April 28.

Soto and Joseph Moore were arrested after a 17-year-old girl and a 16-year-old girl told police that they’d been assaulted in May after becoming intoxicated at a Gering party. Both men said the sex was consensual.

Last month the 23-year-old Moore also was acquitted of the assault charge and convicted of procuring alcohol.


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