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Beatrice man sent to prison for relationship with teen

February 8, 2019 GMT

A Beatrice man was sentenced to prison Thursday after having a relationship with a 15-year-old girl.

Zachary N. Craven, 23, was sentenced in Gage County District Court to two years prison for enticement by an electronic communication device and two years prison for attempted violation of Sex Offender Registration Act requirements. The two sentences will be served concurrently, totaling two years.

Following his release, Craven be on post release supervision, which is similar to probation, for one year.

Craven was arrested last July after the victim’s mother reported to Beatrice police that her teenage daughter may have been dating a 23-year-old man.


According to Gage County court documents, the girl had run away from home and upon her return, the mom was trying to find out where she had been when she found a letter indicating her daughter was in a relationship with Craven.

The mother also brought her daughter’s phone to police and asked them to look through it.

Court documents state that a nude photo of Craven was found on the phone, as well as a video of two unidentifiable people having intercourse.

Craven was interviewed and said he didn’t recall specifically sending a nude photo to the victim and would not say if he sent the video or not.

At the time of the offense, Craven was on post release supervision following a prison sentence in a separate case.

In that case, he was sentenced to two years in prison followed by 18 months of post release supervision for failing to report every six months. A second charge of violating the Sex Offender Registration Act was dismissed as part of a plea agreement.