Dominic Bardales, a 20-year-old man from Lincoln, is facing the possibility of up to one year of incarceration after pleading no contest to a charge of child abuse. The charge is in connection to a reported rape of a college student, Wahoo Newspaper reported.
Dominic Bardales’s Hearing
In the plea hearing held on Thursday, Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Julie Mruz disclosed that the state had consented to downgrade the charge against Dominic Bardales from first-degree sexual assault of an incompetent person to a misdemeanor, in response to his plea. Dominic Bardales is set to be sentenced in September.
The incident occurred just after 2 a.m. on August 20 when University Police responded to a report of sexual assault at a student apartment located at 50/50 on 18th and R streets, near the University of Nebraska-Lincoln campus.
According to Mruz, a woman informed the police that she had met Dominic Bardales on the dating app Tinder, and he had come over to her apartment with a friend and a case of beer. She and Dominic Bardales engaged in consensual sex in her bedroom. However, after the encounter, Dominic Bardales left her room and went into her roommate’s bedroom, closing the door behind him. Shortly afterward, crying was heard from the room, and the woman and others present knocked on the door.
Dominic Bardales Claimed He Had Not Done Wrong
Upon opening the door, Dominic Bardales claimed he had not done anything wrong and left the scene. However, when they entered the room, they found the victim, an 18-year-old UNL student, hyperventilating on her bed and without her pants. According to the victim’s account, she expressed that she did not consent to engage in sexual activity and attempted to vocalize her objection, but Dominic Bardales silenced her by placing his hand over her mouth.
University Police arrested Dominic Bardales, who was not a student, the next day, holding him accountable for his actions.