Court Update: Eric Carlson

A Sabetha man who has been charged with aggravated indecent liberties with a child and sexual exploitation of a child has pleaded no contest in Nemaha County District Court.

Eric Carlson, 27, entered a plea of no contest on Thursday, Aug. 30, to his charges and was convicted of one count of aggravated indecent liberties with a child, and one count of sexual exploitation of a child. According to a press release issued by Nemaha County Attorney Brad Lippert, a second count of sexual exploitation of a child was dismissed as part of the plea agreement.

“The presumed sentence for both offenses [because of Jessica’s Law] is life in prison without the possibility of parole for 25 years,” Lippert said.

Carlson is scheduled to be sentenced on Thursday, Oct. 25. He remains incarcerated in the Nemaha County Jail, and his bond has been revoked.

Carlson was arrested and charged in May 2018 for the above charges after an investigation was conducted by the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Nemaha County Sheriff’s Department, the Wichita Police Department, and the Hiawatha Police Department.

It is alleged that in 2017, Carlson engaged in lewd fondling or touching of a child under 14 years of age; and also used, persuaded, induced, enticed or coerced this same child to engage in sexually explicit conduct with the intent to promote the performance.

The complaint also alleges that Carlson promoted a performance that included sexually explicit conduct by a second child under 14 years of age, knowing the character and content of the performance.

Lippert said that one victim in Carlson’s case is also a victim in a similar case in Brown County involving 27-year-old Roy Tidwell III of Sabetha. Tidwell was arrested on Friday, May 4, in Hiawatha.

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Heather Stewart is a reporter for The Sabetha Herald, where she has been on staff since 2015. She specializes in court and sports reporting, as well as photography. Heather is a 2011 Kansas State University graduate with a degree in psychology. She lives in Sabetha with her husband.


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