Suspects plead not guilty to UNK rape charges

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KEARNEY, Neb. (KSNB) - Two teenagers connected to a November rape on the UNK campus are pleading not guilty.

18-year-old Zachary Reikofski and 19-year-old Prestin Melroy are charged with felony first degree sexual assault. Both pled not guilty to the charges in Buffalo County District Court. Their trial dates are pending. If convicted, each could get up to 50 years in prison.

Both are connected to a rape reported November Fourth on the UNK campus. A case file with further information on the incident was sealed for student privacy.

Melroy also faces a misdemeanor third degree sexual assault charge related to the same incident. He has pled not guilty and trial on that charge is scheduled March 5, 2019.

UNK officials said Melroy was a member of the UNK wrestling team at the time of the incident but was removed from the team.

A UNK official said Melroy and Reikofski are no longer students at the school.