IN COURT: Charge modified in rape case

COLUMBIA CITY — A Columbia City man accused of attempted rape and child molesting had one charge amended at a pretrial conference Monday.Dustin Nimtz, 18, was also charged with intimidation, burglary, strangulation and criminal deviate conduct. Prosecution amended the intimidation count from a Class D felony to a Class C felony in Whitley County Superior Court. That makes the charge punishable by a maximum of eight years in prison, where a Class D felony can only receive three years.Attempted rape, child molesting, burglary and strangulation are all Class A felonies, each punishable by a maximum of 50 years in prison.Nimtz was arrested June 28 after he allegedly broke into an apartment at Park Terrace, Columbia City, armed with a deadly weapon.According to reports, Nimtz then forced the girl to perform sex acts on him while he held a knife to her throat. To read the rest of this story, see the June 30 issue of The Post and Mail. Don't have a subscription? Call (260) 244-5153 or subscribe to our e-edition. For breaking news, sports updates and additional coverage, bookmark the homepage and find us on facebook and twitter.