Palmyra man sentenced in child sexual assault

Joe Cool

A 39-year-old Nebraska man has been given 20 years in prison for sexual assault and possession of child pornography.

Court records say Joe Cool, of Palmyra, had pleaded guilty after Otoe County prosecutors lowered his original charge, which was sexual assault of a child. Prosecutors also dismissed five other porn charges.

Acting on a tip from federal investigators, the Nebraska State Patrol searched Cool's home this past spring. Troopers found the pornography on Cool's computers and evidence that he'd had sex with an 11-year-old boy.

The records say Judge Randall Rehmeier sentenced Cool to 20 years for the forcible sexual assault and four-to-six years for the child pornography. They are to be served at the same time.