SCOTTSBLUFF ­— A 24-year-old Mitchell man convicted of sending explicit text messages to a 13-year-old boy has been sentenced jail.

Conrad Newman appeared for a sentencing hearing on July 1. Scotts Bluff County Judge Leo Dobrovolny sentenced the man to 360 days in jail and ordered him to register as a sex offender for life.

Newman had been arrested and charged in March 2019 with enticement by electronic communication device, a Class IV felony, after an investigation by the Scottsbluff Police Department. He was arraigned Friday in Scotts Bluff County Court. He pleaded to a charge of attempted enticement by electronic communication device, a Class I misdemeanor, as part of a plea agreement in May.

The investigation against Newman began with a report by a parent of an unruly juvenile who had who had messages on his phone that contained sexual content.

The boy’s mother told police the boy had gone into a bedroom closet and would not come out. An officer made contact with the boy and during their conversation, the officer asked the boy about the text messages. The boy told police he had met Newman at a local church. He told police other information about the man, including that upon initially meeting the man, he had said he was 14 years old, but the boy told police he believed him to be 19 years old.

Police took the boy’s phone and a tablet, with the mother’s permission. Police observed sexually explicit text messages, which included photographs, in conversations with Newman.

During the investigation, police found an account for Newman online, which was under an alias, and were able to determine the man had a previous criminal record.

Newman was given credit for 122 days already served in jail.

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