RANDOLPH, Neb. | Randolph Mayor Dwayne Schutt is out on bond after being arrested last week on charges that he had sexually assaulted a teenage girl.
Schutt, 61, was arrested Thursday on four counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of child abuse. He posted 10 percent of a $125,000 bond Friday and was released from custody. He is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Cedar County Court.
According to a complaint filed in Cedar County Court, Schutt had sexual contact with the girl, who was 14 years old or younger from about Aug. 18, 2011, to May 17, 2013.
According to an affidavit filed in support of an arrest warrant for Schutt, the alleged victim reported to the Cedar County Sheriff's Office on Dec. 13 that she had been sexually assaulted on more than one occasion by Schutt at a residence in Randolph. She provided law enforcement officers with a recording of a phone call between herself and Schutt in which Schutt negotiated with the girl about what he would tell her mother about the incidents.
The girl provided sheriff's deputies with a written statement that gave an account of an incident in which she said Schutt laid on top of her, tried to take her clothes off and touched her. She also described other incidents in which Schutt had touched her.
The girl, now 18, told investigators in June that Schutt began assaulting her in 2011, when she was in the seventh grade, and ended in late 2015 after she told her mother about it, the affidavit said.
The girl told authorities she had not come forward earlier because of Schutt's reputation in the community, court documents said.
Schutt is serving his second term as mayor in Randolph after he was re-elected in November 2014. His attorney, Ronald Temple, of Norfolk, Nebraska, declined to comment on the case.