A 23-year-old O’Neill man appeared in Holt County District Court on Aug. 5 for sexual assault and theft charges. 

Bryce R. Matson was charged with third-degree sexual assault and theft by unlawing taking, both Class 1 misdemeanors.

District Court Judge Mark Kozisek sentenced the defendant to 90 days in Holt County Jail for the assault charges. Matson also was ordered to pay $147 in court costs within 90 days of his release.

The defendant was sentenced to 60 days in jail for the theft charges. Matson also was ordered to pay $447 for court costs, drug resting fees and remaining monthly programming fees. Judge Kozisek also ordered restitution in the amount of $1,458 be paid to Fox’s Food Plaza/Taco John’s starting Nov. 1. 

According to the state’s good time law, Matson must serve 53 days less 27 days credit for time served for the sexual assault charges and 38 days less three days credit for the theft charges. 

Matson is required to register under the Sex Offender Registration Act. 

O’Neill Police Department Inv. Rachel Kohlman and Officer Cash Campbell reported to a call of a victim being assaulted on Oct. 2, 2018, at Carriage House Motel on East Douglas Street in O’Neill.

According to court documents Matson allegedly subjected the victim to sexual penetration without consent.

After viewing video footage, Officer Campbell advised Inv. Kohlman he observed Matson enter the room without anyone coming to the door. 

During the interview with Inv. Kohlman, Matson admitted entering the victim’s room, but denied sexually assaulting the victim. 

The defendant was arrested on Oct. 2. 

Prior to the sexual assault incident, Matson had been sentenced to one year probation for theft by unlawful taking during district court on June 18, 2018.

After his arraigned on Aug. 5 in district court for sexual assault, his probation was revoked. 

According to court documents, OPD Officers Kipton Krysl and Jake Horn met with a victim on Sept. 5, 2017, at the OPD office who wanted to report a theft by an employee.

Matson had been hired as a cook at Taco John’s. Since then, the victim stated cash had been missing from the cash drawers. The victim provided video clips from the in-store surveillance camera that overlooked the safe. After reviewing the recordings, the officers stated the footage showed Matson entering the room and removing money from the safe.

Sgt. Rob Jensen and Officer Jacob Horn later removed Matson from Taco John’s and transported him to OPD office for an interview.

According to court documents, Matson admitted to stealing around $1,660 from the business’ safe.



I grew up 10 miles southwest of Stuart on the Greger family ranch. I graduated from West Holt Public Schools in Atkinson in 1997 and Northeast Community College in Norfolk in journalism in 1999.

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