A Barneston man accused of sexually assaulting a child pleaded not guilty to multiple charges this week in Gage County District Court.
Anthony A. Stautner, 28, was one of two people arrested in April after a juvenile was sexually assaulted in early March.
According to Gage County Court documents, Stautner and his wife were familiar with the 15-year-old female victim through the couple’s church and also his place of employment.
On March 3, Stautner's wife sent a Snapchat message saying Stautner was breaking up with her and she needed someone to talk to.
Arrangements were made for the victim meet her at the Doghouse Bar and Grill in Wymore. Stautner was there and bought the girl food. They drove the victim to a liquor store after and purchased alcohol, including vodka at the request of the minor, court records state.
The two drove the victim to a Barneston residence, where they drank and Stautner allegedly smoked marijuana.
The juvenile was given multiple shots of alcohol and fell asleep.
Stautner, who was allegedly nude, began fondling the victim in a bed.
Court records state the victim told Gage County Sheriff’s deputies Stautner made several attempts at sexual intercourse with her, and she continued to pull away.
On March 8, deputies served a search warrant on the residence and recovered items the victim described as being at the scene.
Stautner was charged with first-degree sexual assault of a minor, contributing to the delinquency of a minor, procuring alcohol for a minor and two counts of third degree sexual assault.
A pretrial conference in the case is set for Feb. 7.