A 36-year-old Scottsbluff man will be arraigned on Friday on charges of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old girl.

Kevin Shortbull has been charged with first-degree sexual assault, a Class IB felony; three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor, a Class I misdemeanor, and three counts of procuring alcohol for a minor, a Class I misdemeanor.

Scottsbluff Police began investigation allegations in May that a 15-year-old girl had been sexually assaulted during a time period she had run away from home. The girl was living in Lancaster County and she was interviewed by an investigator there at a child advocacy center.

In the interview, the girl disclosed that she had run away from a local youth shelter, between May 10 and May 15, with a boy and that they went to a relative of the boys. The relative was identified as Kevin, though the girl did not know his last name. At the man’s home, the girl told police, the two juveniles consumed alcohol to the point that the girl was intoxicated. The girl alleged Kevin had followed her into the back room of a trailer home and began aggressively grabbing her while she ways lying on her side. The girl told police she told the man to stop, but he did not stop assaulting her until a woman came into the room and yelled at him to stop. The girl said that her friend and another boy also witnessed the two in the bedroom and the girl was taken to the home of another relative, where she spent the night.

The girl was able to provide police with identifying characteristics of the man, including descriptions of tattoos and a description of the home where she reported the assault occurred.

Police identified the man as Kevin Grant Shortbull Jr. An arrest warrant for the man was issued on June 12 and he was taken into custody on June 13.

Police interviewed the two juvenile boys, who also acknowledged that the girl had alleged she had been assaulted and they had seen her in the bedroom of the home, crying. Other relatives encouraged the boys to assault the man and a physical altercation did occur, they told police. The boys also told police that Shortbull had provided the alcohol on the night of the assault.

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Maunette Loeks is the digital news editor of the Star-Herald. Contact her at 308-632-9054 or by email at mloeks@starherald.com.

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