Nemaha County charges dismissed
A Sabetha man who was arrested and charged in May 2018 in both Brown and Nemaha counties for child sex crimes has had his Nemaha County charges dismissed.
Roy Tidwell III, 27, will not appear in Nemaha County Court as the charges against him have been dismissed as part of the plea agreement in Brown County District Court, where he received two consecutive life sentences. Tidwell was sentenced earlier this month on charges of rape and aggravated internet trading in child pornography. Brown County Attorney Kevin Hill said the sentence was handed down after the state provided evidence of graphic text messages, which were extracted from the defendant’s phone.
Tidwell was arrested and charged in Brown County on Friday, May 4, after an extensive investigation by the FBI and Kansas Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, with the assistance of the Hiawatha Police Department and Nemaha County Sheriff’s Office. Hill said the victim was 3-years-old when offenses were allegedly committed between July and December of 2017 in Hiawatha.
Tidwell was also charged in Nemaha County with aggravated indecent liberties with a child and sexual exploitation of a child.
Nemaha County Attorney Brad Lippert said the complaint alleges that in 2017, Tidwell 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.
This case was investigated 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.
According to Lippert, the victim in Tidwell’s case also is a victim in a similar case in Nemaha County involving 27-year-old Eric Carlson of Sabetha. Carlson was arrested on Thursday, May 3, in Nemaha County.
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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.