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IN COURT: Charge modified in rape case

July 29, 2013

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man accused of attempted rape and child molesting had one charge amended at a pretrial conference Monday.
Dustin Nimtz, 18, was also charged with intimidation, burglary, strangulation and criminal deviate conduct.
Prosecution amended the intimidation count from a Class D felony to a Class C felony in Whitley County Superior Court.
That makes the charge punishable by a maximum of eight years in prison, where a Class D felony can only receive three years.

Attempted rape, child molesting, burglary and strangulation are all Class A felonies, each punishable by a maximum of 50 years in prison.

Nimtz was arrested June 28 after he allegedly broke into an apartment at Park Terrace, Columbia City, armed with a deadly weapon.

According to reports, Nimtz then forced the girl to perform sex acts on him while he held a knife to her throat.

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