Woman found guilty of abusing foster child

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - A jury found a metro woman guilty of child and sexual abuse in court on Monday.

Kim Carrera was found guilty of three felony charges. They included tampering with physical evidence, intentional child abuse with no injuries and sexual abuse of a protected person.

Bellevue Police arrested Carrera in 2015 when it was suspected she was having inappropriate sexual contact with a 17-year-old foster child who had been placed in her care.

Carrera and the boy were found in a vehicle parked behind a Bellevue business. At the time, officers suspected that inappropriate sexual contact had taken place between the two of them.

Upon further investigation, it was determined that the teenager was a ward of the State of Nebraska who had been placed in Carrera's home through Nebraska Families Collaborative. She was a foster parent with Nebraska Families Collaborative, which is a contract agency with the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services.

Bellevue Police served a search warrant on Carrera's home. She was arrested and taken to the Sarpy County jail, originally charged with 2nd Degree Sexual Assault of a Protected Person.

Carrera will appear in court for sentencing on Feb. 11.