By Associated Press - Friday, September 11, 2020

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - A former Fremont police officer has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a child and faces up to three years in prison when he’s sentenced in December.

Austin Williams, 35, was convicted of third-degree sexual assault of a child Thursday following a six-day trial in Dodge County District Court, the Omaha World-Herald reported.

Authorities began investigating Williams in 2018 after an advocacy center notified the Nebraska State Patrol of a possible assault. Prosecutors said Williams began the abuse in 2016, when the child was 10 or 11, and continued until August 2018.

Williams was a five-year veteran of the Fremont force when he was fired in February 2019.

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