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Nebraska man appears in court in missing girl case

January 05, 2012 | 02:18 PM
ELKHORN — A 21-year-old Lincoln, Neb. a man, who was arrested shortly after an Amber Alert was issued for a missing 13-year-old girl, appeared in front of Judge John Race Thursday afternoon for his second court appearance.

Jacob T. Cambridge was charged Thursday with sexual assault of a child under 16 years of age. If convicted, he faces up to 40 years imprisonment and $100,000 in fines.

Cambridge was released from custody Dec. 21 after his parents posted a $10,000 cash bond.

Other conditions for Cambridge, who attends a community college and is a part-time pizza delivery driver, include no unsupervised contact with children, other than incidental contact, and that he can't use a computer other than for work, school and communication with his attorney.

During the court hearing, Cambridge's attorney, Christopher T. Van Wagner, of Madison, waived the rights to a speedy trial.

Cambridge, who appeared in court with his parents at his side, is next scheduled for a Feb. 6 preliminary hearing. During the preliminary hearing, the state must provide enough evidence to show that a felony was committed and that the defendant likely committed that felony.

The investigation began when the 13-year-old girl, who the Regional News is no longer naming because she is the victim in an alleged sexual assault, went missing and her parents contacted police.

In the early afternoon, the day after the girl went missing, the FBI became involved along with the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigations. The victim's computer was analyzed and information that led to identifying Cambridge was found on the machine.

At about 4:50 p.m. federal investigators had determined the name, cell phone number, address and other pertinent information about Cambridge. After a vehicle plate number and description was determined, an Amber Alert was sent out.

Shortly thereafter an Elkhorn detective located the vehicle at the hotel.

According to the criminal complaint:

On Dec. 22, police interviewed the 13-year-old victim who said she met Cambridge about eight months ago on the Internet.

The girl said Cambridge picked her up on Dec. 19 and took her to the Thomas Motel in Elkhorn. The girl said at the hotel the two engaged in sexual contact.

When police interviewed Cambridge he admitted to having sexual contact with the girl.


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