Child prostitution trial involving Columbus man continues - News, Weather and Sports for Lincoln, NE; KLKNTV.com

Child prostitution trial involving Columbus man continues

Posted: Updated:

By: Jenn Schanz
jschanz@klkntv.com

After allegedly being exploited for sex since she was 12, the now 16–year–old told her story in a Lincoln courtroom this week.

In March 2012 at 14, she allegedly had sex with 39–year–old Donald Grafe of Columbus.

He's accused of paying for sex with her and her mother in the sleeper cab of his semi at a truck stop on West O just off I–180.

Her mother, who used Craigslist to lure clients, was busted in April 2012 when a state trooper posed as a customer.

Through phone records, police say they connected her to Grafe.

Grafe's attorney says he never had sex with the girl, despite being pointed out by her in court.

His attorney was also quick to mention some of the victim's inconsistencies in her earlier depositions.

According to police records, the girl denied knowing Grafe at the time of her mother's arrest back in April.

In court, she admitted she had known him.

She said at the time, she had other things on her mind.

In court, the victim said she felt pressure from her mother not to go to authorities, even using the word blackmail.

Her mother was also in court.

When asked how and why she got her daughter involved in the Craigslist posting for johns, she said "Honestly, I don't know, it never should have happened."

The victim's mother is already serving up to 120 years for her crimes. If convicted of sexual assault of a child, Grafe faces 15 years to life behind bars.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Police conduct brief search for a hit and run driver

    Police conduct brief search for a hit and run driver

    Police conducted a brief search for a vehicle involved in a hit and run early Wednesday morning near O Street and 14th Street.

    More >>

    Police conducted a brief search for a vehicle involved in a hit and run early Wednesday morning near O Street and 14th Street.

    More >>
  • Accident near Highway 6 and I-80

    Accident near Highway 6 and I-80

    Accident near Highway 6 and I-80

    An early morning accident has sent two people to the hospital. It happened a little after 7 a.m. near Hwy 6 and I-80. Authorities say a blue Toyota Corolla headed southbound on Hwy 6 ran a red light, hitting a red  Toyota Corolla turning eastbound onto I-80. The driver of the blue car was cited for running the red light. Both drivers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    More >>

    An early morning accident has sent two people to the hospital. It happened a little after 7 a.m. near Hwy 6 and I-80. Authorities say a blue Toyota Corolla headed southbound on Hwy 6 ran a red light, hitting a red  Toyota Corolla turning eastbound onto I-80. The driver of the blue car was cited for running the red light. Both drivers were transported to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.

    More >>
  • Fleetwood Mac to play in Lincoln

    Fleetwood Mac to play in Lincoln

    Fleetwood Mac to play in Lincoln

    Fleetwood Mac announced today a North American tour, set to kick off in October and travel through 50+ cities ending in Spring of 2019.

    More >>

    Fleetwood Mac announced today a North American tour, set to kick off in October and travel through 50+ cities ending in Spring of 2019.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 KLKN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.