A Winnebago man has been sentenced to slightly more than three years in federal prison for sexually contacting a child.
Senior federal District Judge Joseph Bataillon sentenced 23-year-old Lawrence Merrick, Jr. for Abuse Sexual Contact with a Child.
Merrick, a member of the Omaha Tribe, was staying at a residence on the Winnebago Reservation on April of last year when he entered the bedroom of a nine-year-old girl. The U.S. Attorney’s office says Merrick rubbed the buttocks of the child, waking her up. She told her mother. Merrick fled the home.
Upon release, Merrick will serve five years of supervised release. He will also be required to register as a sex offender.