FREMONT – A warrant has been signed and filed with the court for the arrest of a Fremont Police sergeant who has been on administrative leave since August 2018.
Austin Williams faces five felony counts relating to the first degree sexual assault of a child, each punishable by up to 50 years in prison. The charges stem from a Nebraska State Patrol investigation which alleges that Williams engaged in the forcible touching of a young girl for nearly two years, beginning when the girl was 11 years old. According to an arrest affidavit filed by the Nebraska State Patrol, the most recent incident of abuse is alleged to have occurred sometime last summer – the victim came forward in August.
When the Nebraska State Patrol began its investigation into Williams, he was placed on administrative leave by the Fremont Police Department due to the seriousness of the charges, according to Fremont police chief Jeff Elliott. Fremont Police today confirmed that this officer has now been terminated from the force.
District Court Judge Geoffrey Hall has appointed a special prosecutor in this case, one John J. Kohl; this is standard procedure when the county attorney that would normally represent the state may have a conflict of interest. Given that Dodge County Attorney Oliver Glass has worked with the defendant on cases where Williams was the officer involved, it appears that appointing a special prosecutor is in the best interest of justice.
This is a developing story.