ELKO – An Elko man accepted a plea agreement that reduced a charge of sexual assault on a woman in 2015.
Daniel C. Goerdt, 28, pleaded no contest Thursday before District Judge Nancy Porter to one count of attempted sexual assault, a category B felony. It is punishable by a maximum of 20 years in prison.
If Goerdt completes a psychosexual evaluation and is found not to be at a high risk to re-offend, he could be eligible for parole in 2 to 5 years.
At his arraignment in July, Goerdt pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault, a category A felony, and, if convicted, faced life in prison with the possibility of parole after serving 10 years.
Goerdt was arrested on a warrant in March. In a preliminary hearing in Elko Justice Court conducted in two months later, the victim testified she met Goerdt weeks before the incident and they began a relationship. They texted each other and she invited him to her home April 1, 2015, the night of the assault.
Goerdt is registered as a “Tier 2” sex offender resulting from a conviction in Idaho where he served time at the Idaho State Prison, according to the Nevada Sex Offender Public Website.
A date for sentencing has not been set.