HARTINGTON, Neb. | Randolph Mayor Dwayne Schutt pleaded not guilty Monday to charges of sexual assault and child abuse.
Schutt appeared personally in Cedar County District Court to enter his pleas to four counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of child abuse. A pretrial conference was scheduled for Nov. 27.
Schutt, 61, is accused of touching a girl, who was 14 years old or younger, from about Aug. 18, 2011, to May 17, 2013. In one incident, according to court documents, Schutt laid on top of the girl, tried to take her clothes off and touched her. He was arrested in July.
Schutt was elected mayor in 2011 and is currently serving his second four-year term.