$1 million bond set for former sports writer accused of sex assault

AUBURN – A county court judge set a $1 million bond Tuesday for a former sports writer accused of first degree sexual assault of a child.

Brian Rosenthal, 49, of Lincoln is charged with four counts that carry a maximum sentence of life in prison and a mandatory minimum of 15 years.

Deputy Nemaha County Attorney Angelo Ligouri asked Judge Curtis Maschman to set no bond for Rosenthal’s release. He referenced an affidavit, which has been sealed by the court. He said it contains allegations of assaults in separate counties.

Court records Tuesday morning do not indicate any criminal complaints outside of Nemaha County.

Judge Maschman noted that Rosenthal has no felony convictions and set the bond at $1 million. He gave instructions that Rosenthal have no contact with the alleged victim.

Rosenthal told the court he will be requesting a public defender. An Aug. 18 court hearing is scheduled.