Western Neb. Woman Accused of Extorting Money from Daughter's Assaulter to Make Plea Deal


SIDNEY, Neb. (AP) — Authorities say a Nebraska Panhandle woman is taking a deal and will plead to new charges in her extortion case.

The 30-year-old woman had pleaded not guilty to trying to extort money from a man who has acknowledged groping her 7-year-old daughter last August. Cheyenne County prosecutors say a plea will be entered in court records within a few weeks. Details haven't been released.

The Associated Press isn't identifying her in order to protect her daughter's privacy. The woman's trial was set to begin May 27.

The man involved is 56-year-old Jason Frei, of Potter, who has pleaded no contest to negligent child abuse and attempted witness tampering. He told an investigator that the girl's mother was trying to get $20,000 from him in exchange for helping him evade prosecution.