York sex offender pleads no contest to non-compliance with state registry regs

YORK – Michael Winchel, 46, of York, has pleaded no contest in a case where he was charged with non-compliance, as a sex offender, with the terms of the state’s registry.

He initially was also charged with being a habitual criminal, but that was dismissed.

Winchel’s non-compliance conviction is a Class 2A felony because he has a prior conviction of the same.

The case was investigated by the York Police Department as they were assisting District 5 probation.

According to court documents, police found during a record check he was on the Nebraska Sex Offender Registry stemming from a conviction in the Cass County District Court for two counts of criminal child enticement, which are Class 3 felonies. During the check, it was found he was listed as absconded. Police say he stated he had registered in Lincoln County in July of 2023. The Lincoln County Sheriff’s Department disclosed he was last registered with them in September of 2022.

The police say in court documents Winchel said he moved to York three weeks prior to them speaking with him and he had not registered since.

They said Winchel’s criminal history includes the following convictions in Cass County: attempt of a Class 3 felony for which he was sentenced to prison for a term of 20 months to five years; terroristic threats, a Class 4 felony for which he was sentenced to a term of 20 months to five years in prison; two counts of criminal child enticement, Class 3 felonies for which he was sentenced to a term of 2-4 years in prison on each count; and violation of the sex offender registry, a Class 3A felony for which he was sentenced to 12 months in prison.

Regarding this latest case in York County, Winchel will be sentenced on Jan. 29.

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