Man accused of teen sex trafficking takes plea deal

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FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - A Nebraska man suspected of intending to make a prostitute out of a 15-year-old Iowa runaway has taken a plea deal.

The Fremont Tribune reports that 37-year-old Joe Lockett, of Omaha, pleaded no contest Monday in Dodge County District Court to sexual assault of a child. Prosecutors dropped sex trafficking and other charges in return for Lockett's plea. His sentencing is scheduled for March 11.

Court records say sheriff's deputies found the girl with Lockett in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Oct. 26 on the north side of Fremont. The records say the girl later told deputies that she had sex with Lockett at a motel and that Lockett was seeking to prostitute her out to other parties for money.