A Gering man who pleaded guilty to raping a 16-year-old girl on multiple occasions last spring has been sentenced to 40 to 60 years in prison.
41-year-old Joseph “Joby” Smith was given consecutive 20 to 30 year prison terms for 2 counts of Forcible 1st Degree Sexual Assault.
Rural Radio News says court document show a criminal investigation began after the teenager contacted authorities and was interviewed at CAPstone.
She said Smith began making unwanted sexual advances in April, first simply putting his hand on her thigh, but escalating over the ensuing weeks.
Gering police questioned Smith in July. At first, he denied all the accusations but near the end of a 90-minute interview admitted everything.
Under Nebraska’s good time rules, Smith will be eligible for parole in 2040. He will have to register as a sex offender and be subject to lifetime post release supervision.