Nebraska Man Makes Plea Deal in Molestation Case

Prosecutors have made a deal with a Nebraska Panhandle man who accused a woman of extortion over the molestation of her daughter.

Online court records say 55-year-old Jason Frei on Wednesday pleaded no contest to negligent child abuse and attempted witness tampering. Prosecutors lowered the original charge of sexually assaulting a child in exchange for Frei's pleas.

Authorities said Frei, of Potter, groped the girl while giving her mother a massage in August. The Associated Press isn't using the mother's name in order to protect the girl's privacy.

Court affidavits say that on Aug. 21, an investigator searched Frei's home and interviewed him. Frei told the investigator that the woman was extorting $20,000 from him and that he'd already paid $10,000.

She's been charged with theft by extortion.

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