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Man pleads guilty after Amber Alert incident

by Rob Ireland

October 11, 2012

A 22-year-old Nebraska man, who drove more than 500 miles to have a sexual encounter with a Lake Geneva teenager, pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to a felony charge.

In December a 13-year-old Lake Geneva girl went missing, and the local police, FBI and the Department of Criminal Investigations investigated her whereabouts during a more than 24-hour search.

After searching her computer, police found communications between the victim and Jacob Cambridge, of Lincoln, Neb. After Cambridge was identified, an Amber Alert was issued for the teenager.

The victim and Cambridge were located together at the Thomas Motel in Elkhorn. The man admitted to having sexual contact with the child.

Cambridge pleaded guilty to a felony charge of second-degree sexual assualt of a child, and faces up to 40 years imprisonment — which can include up to 25 years of confinement and 15 years of extended supervision— when he is sentenced Dec. 17 before Judge David Reddy.

Cambridge reached a plea agreement that required him to plead guilty to the charge, but during his sentencing the prosecutor can't recommend the length of his sentence. However, the prosecutor can distinguish whether the punishment should be jail — which is less than a year — or prison.

A presentence investigation report also will be completed in the case. In a PSI the Department of Corrections reviews the crime, the defendants employment and criminal history and makes a sentencing recommendation.

The search for the girl became a city-wide effort and all Lake Geneva police officers were asked to report to duty.

At that time, Lake Geneva Police Chief Michael Rasmussen said dogs were brought into search the woods in the area. Lake Geneva Fire Department personnel aided the effort along with the city's street department and other city employees.

"We searched around the area of the house before we figured she was with somebody," Rasmussen said at the time.