Broken Bow Mayor pleads not guilty to abuse, oppression
BROKEN BOW, Neb. (AP) – A central Nebraska mayor has pleaded not guilty to allegations that he threatened the job of a police officer investigating a fight outside a bar for which the mayor has been charged.
Custer County Court records say Jon Berghorst entered the pleas Monday to two misdemeanors: oppression under the color of office, and assault.
A pretrial hearing has been set for Sept. 9. He’s mayor of Broken Bow. Berghorst is accused of injuring a man during the April 6 fight.
The court records say the mayor later used his position in attempt “to injure, deceive, harm, or oppress another person:
Broken Bow Police Officer David Taylor.” A grievance document filed by another officer says Berghorst was belligerent and didn’t cooperate with the police investigation and threatened Taylor’s employment by asking Taylor, “Do you like your job?”