Nebraska woman gets 1-3 years for trying to extort money from man who groped her daughter

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SIDNEY, Nebraska — A Nebraska Panhandle woman convicted of trying to extort money from a man who groped her 7-year-old daughter last year has been sent to prison.

Cheyenne County District Judge Derek Weimer on Wednesday sentenced the woman to one to three years in prison. The 30-year-old woman originally pleaded not guilty to trying to extort money from Jason Frei, of Potter. In May she entered a new plea after Cheyenne County prosecutors reduced the theft-by-extortion charge.

The Associated Press isn't identifying the woman in order to protect her daughter's privacy.

Frei pleaded no contest to negligent child abuse and attempted witness tampering in December. Authorities have said Frei groped the girl while giving her mother a massage at his home.

Court documents say the woman reported the Aug. 15 incident to the Cheyenne County Sheriff's Office the next day.

In court affidavits, investigators say they obtained complete text records from Frei's and the woman's cellphone companies. Those texts showed an exchange that included his admission that he touched the girl and the woman's statement that she wanted money to get help for her daughter.

In another message, according to the records, Frei promised the woman she'd get her money. Her response: "I only want cash and your messages and mine will be deleted."

Frei later told an investigator that the woman was extorting $20,000 from him and that he'd already paid $10,000.

Frei is scheduled to be sentenced on Tuesday.

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