A former Scottsbluff firefighter pleaded no contest Tuesday to a charge of soliciting prostitution.
Paul Neideffer, 42, of Scottsbluff, appeared in Scotts Bluff County Court for a pre-trial conference on the charge, which is a Class I misdemeanor.
When Scotts Bluff County Deputy Attorney Tiffany Wasserburger indicated that the state planned to take the count to trial, Neideffer’s attorney Stacy Petit indicated her client “just wanted to be done with this.” He entered a no contest plea to the charge, which stems from an Aug. 3 incident. At the time of the incident, Neideffer had been employed as a firefighter with the Scottsbluff Fire Department. He had been placed on paid administrative leave, but submitted his resignation in mid-September, said Scottsbluff City Manager Rick Kuckkahn on Tuesday.
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Specifics about the allegations against Neideffer were heard for the first time Tuesday as the Scottsbluff Police Department had denied a Star-Herald request for the report in the incident.
Wasserburger stated in court that the charge stemmed from a complaint by a former employee of Neideffer. She said a female employee had been trying to collect about $280 in money that was owed to her for work she had performed in his painting business. The woman received a text message from Neideffer telling her that he had the money and asked her if she wanted to double the money. She had asked him for clarification when he told her she could double the money by performing a sex act. The woman had asked if he was serious. Neideffer sent a series of texts to the female and arrived at a location, expecting the female employee to perform the sex act.
The female employee was also accompanied by her boyfriend and had contacted police. The woman indicated that “this sort of thing had happened before,” Wasserburger said in court.
She said it was serious charge and asked for a pre-sentence investigation. Scotts Bluff County Judge James Worden entered the plea and a finding of guilty. He said a sentencing would be scheduled within 30 to 45 days.
The charge is punishable by up to one year in jail, a $1,000 fine or both.