LPD: Teen sexually assaulted children playing on swing set

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - Lincoln police officers said a teenager punched three children playing on a swing set and yelled profanity.

On Tuesday around 9:20 p.m., Lincoln police officers were dispatched to 16th and Knox Streets for a report of a sexual assault on a child.

Responding officers contacted two six-year-old girls and a nine-year-old boy.

The children told officers a man walked up to them while they were playing on a swing set outside a nearby home when he walked up and punched one of the 6-year old girls in the back, knocking her to the ground.

LPD said while the little girl was on the ground, he yelled expletives and punched her in the chest and between the legs. Officers said she wasn't injured.

The children told responding officers the other six-year old girl was punched in the back and between the legs.

LPD said when the nine-year-old boy confronted him and asked why he was assaulting the girls, and he punched the boy in his stomach which knocked him to the ground.

LPD said the suspect also tried exposing himself to the children.

The children told responding officers they knew the suspect as someone who lives in the area.

LPD said the suspect told officers that he accidentally punched the children.

Responding officers contacted other people in the area and were told that he has tried to show explicit photos of himself to other juveniles in the past.

The man was arrested and is facing two counts of sexual assault on a child and 3rd degree assault.

According to Lincoln Police, "investigators and the county attorney are evaluating the possible presence of mitigating circumstances that affect whether these charges are appropriate and whether prosecutors can charge this individual."