Nebraska Morning Summary – 6/12/15
Even though he pleaded no contest to sexual assault charges, a former Douglas County deputy maintains his innocence. Thirty-one-year-old Cory Cooper was sentenced to one year in jail. He had been arrested in February 2013 and accused of sexually assaulting a 19-year-old woman while he was on duty. She had told investigators Cooper forced her to perform oral sex in order to get her and her boyfriend out of trouble. The Douglas County Attorney dropped a felony charge as a part of the plea agreement.
The new leader at the University of Nebraska says he came here because he wanted to work at an institution which has the potential to change the world. President Hank Bounds says the business community will be essential if the university is to become a world-class school. Bounds says businesses have to buy into the vision. He says he wants to organize a meeting of campus and business leaders to share ideas on improving internships and helping do a better job of preparing graduating students for the workforce. Bounds says increasing school enrollment helps attract more businesses to Nebraska, creating the jobs that keep colleges graduates from moving out of the state.
When a 22-year-old Fremont man returns to court for sentencing next month, he could get up to one year behind bars, or he could be placed on probation. Dakota McDonald was released from jail this week after pleading no contest to a reduced charge of procuring alcohol for a minor. He had been in custody since his arrest in February. McDonald bought alcohol for 16-year-old Jaime Valdez. The teenager got drunk, passed out and died in the cold. A city worker found Valdez’s body in the snow about a block from her home.