Woman sentenced to probation for abusing foster child

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BELLEVUE, Neb. (WOWT) - A metro woman was sentenced to five years of probation for sexually abusing a foster child in her care.

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.