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By Sandy Schroth

Defendant in Grove Lake sexual assault case pleads guilty


December 26, 2019

Joey Crooker, 37, incarcerated in the county jail, changed his plea when he faced the Honorable James Kube for a pretrial hearing last week in the Antelope County district courtroom.

Crooker was charged with one felony count, first-degree sexual assault, alleged June 29 at a Grove Lake campground.

Crooker, who is represented by Antelope County public defender Patrick Carney, and prosecutor Joe Abler reached a plea agreement. Terms of the agreement included Abler reducing the charge to third-degree sexual assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor, in exchange for Crooker’s guilty plea. Abler said he...

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