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NEBRASKA CITY – Robert Perry, 64, of Nebraska City was sentenced Monday to three to seven years in state prison for attempted sexual assault of a child.

Public Defender Michael  Ziskey said Perry underwent a competency and other assessments that concluded that he is impacted by complex bereavement and alcohol disorders, but is not a pedophile.

County Attorney Jennifer Panko-Rahe said Perry used his position as a trusted neighbor to do “irreparable harm” to a young boy. Prosecutors say the factual basis includes Perry offering the child money for sexual contact.

Panko-Rahe asked the judge for a sentence of three years in prison.

Judge Julie Smith said she took into consideration Perry’s mental evaluation and other assessments, as well as his limited criminal record.

She said the treatment program recommended in his evaluation is available at the Nebraska Department of Corrections.

Perry will be eligible for parole in 1.5 years, less the 141 days he served in county jail.