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Great Bend registered sex offender arrested on a new charge

A 34-year-old convicted sex offender is jailed on $1 million bond after a Great Bend girl contacted police about an alleged sexual offense.

Great Bend police say Nicholas Schwerdtfeger was arrested Thursday and booked into the Barton County jail on possible charges of aggravated indecent liberties with a child.

Police say a teenage girl reported an incident involving Schwerdtfeger in September to officials at Great Bend Middle School.

The Great Bend Tribune reports school officials said the incident didn’t happen on school grounds and Schwerdtfeger is not a district employee.

State prison records show Schwerdtfeger was convicted in 2008 in Barton County of the attempted indecent solicitation of a 16-year-old girl and attempted aggravated sexual battery of a 20-year-old woman.   He also has several Kingman County convictions of voluntary sexual intercourse with a child.

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