FREMONT, Neb. (AP) — A former Fremont police officer has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for sexually assaulting a child.

Thirty-five-year-old Austin Williams was sentenced in Dodge County District Court on Wednesday to 30 months in prison.

Williams was convicted in October of third-degree sexual assault of a child following a six-day trial.

Authorities began investigating Williams in 2018 after an advocacy center notified the Nebraska State Patrol of a potential assault.

Prosecutors say Williams began the abuse in 2016, when the child was 10 or 11, and continued until August 2018.

Williams was a five-year veteran of the Fremont force when he was fired in February 2019.

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