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By Jason Volentine
Lincoln police say a Level 3 registered sex offender was assaulted and his life threatened after neighbors found out he was living in the area.
Police Chief Tom Casady said this is the first case of an offender being assaulted in Lincoln he can ever remember.
Officer Katie Flood said the incident happened Tuesday just before 9:00 pm in the 3100 block of Dudley.
Flood said Steven Ouillette and Benjamin Huber found out _____, a Level 3 registered sex offender convicted in 1998 for an incident involving an 11-year-old girl, was living in their neighborhood.
Flood said Ouillette and Huber were angry with the situation and according to court documents the two men stood across the street for 1 to 2 hours yelling at him, calling him a child molester.
Court documents state Huber and Ouillette then crossed the street and tried to pick a fight with _____. Flood said Ouillette even said he was going to kill him and to stay away from his kids.
Flood said Ouillette then picked up a shovel and came at _____, who picked up a fire poker from his grill to defend himself.
Flood said _____ hit Ouillette on the arm and Ouillette swung the shovel several times at _____.
Flood said witnesses called police and officers arrived before anyone was seriously hurt.
Ouillette was arrested and was charged Wednesday with assault, disturbing the peace and trespassing. He entered a plea of not guilty and has a trial date set for May 26.
Huber was taken to detox and cited for disturbing the peace and trespassing.
However, Ouillette said the police got it wrong. He said he never made threats and only picked up the shovel to get it away from _____. He also said a cut on his finger and a deep bruise on his back are from when _____ hit him with a fire poker.
"I feel that nobody should be defending this guy. I mean, I might have been in the wrong a little bit calling him out like that, calling him a child molester, but he's a big guy. He's a really big guy. I'm 200 lbs. He had to grab two weapons to attack me with. I got to jail," said Ouillette.
Ouillette also says the other man cited, Benjamin Huber, was only trying to break up the fight and wasn't actually involved in the altercation.
_____ was at a neighbor's home Thursday afternoon, but was still upset about the situation and didn't want to discuss it. He said he doesn't understand why his past crime is being brought up when he's the victim in this case.
Flood said she hopes the fact that people were taken into custody will help diffuse the situation and deter other people from making similar attacks.
Chief Casady said there have been other incidents were registered sex offenders were harassed, but this is the first time to his knowledge that someone attacked an offender.