A Lincoln man has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor after being granted a new trial in a sexual assault case because his attorney wasn't allowed to question his accuser about a possible motive she had to lie during his first trial.

Curtis Lavalleur, 31, was accused of sexually assaulting a co-worker after a night of drinking in 2012.

Thursday, he pleaded no contest to third-degree sexual assault and was sentenced to 360 days in jail, just five days shy of the max Lancaster County District Judge Andrew Jacobsen could give him.

Lavalleur already had served 422 days.

At trial in 2013, a Lancaster County jury acquitted him of one count of first-degree sexual assault but found him guilty of attempted first-degree sexual assault.

He was sentenced to two to three years in prison.

On appeal, the Nebraska Supreme Court reversed his conviction because the judge hadn't allowed the defense attorney to question Lavalleur's accuser about a possible motive she had to lie, finding that it fell under Nebraska's rape shield law.

Lavalleur was nearing retrial on the attempted first-degree sexual assault charge but instead entered the plea.

He will have to register as a sex offender as part of his sentence.

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Lori Pilger is a public safety reporter.

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