New trial for man whose child abuse convictions were overturned will be late August


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OMAHA, Nebraska — The second trial for Scottsbluff man whose 2012 convictions on first-degree sexual assault of a child and four counts of felony child abuse were overturned by the Nebraska Supreme Court will be held in late August.

Eric Rocha, who is 36, was convicted in February 2012 by a jury and sentenced to 40 years to life.

Investigators say a young girl was sexually assaulted for two and her brothers, ages 3, 5 and 10, were choked and often beaten.

Rocha's convictions were thrown out last week because his trial attorney hadn't sought to have separate trials on the sex abuse and child abuse charges.

KNEB radio (http://bit.ly/1rA1teD ) reports an exact date hasn't been set but Scotts Bluff County District Court Judge Leo Dobrovolny says the trial will take four days.


Information from: KNEB-AM, http://www.kneb.com

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