No contest plea in child molestation |

No contest plea in child molestation

William Ferchland, Tahoe Daily Tribune

Hans Martin Holmgren, accused of sodomizing a 10-year-old boy, pleaded no contest Thursday to a felony count of lewd and lascivious act with a child under the age of 14.

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Jerald Lasarow scheduled sentencing for Oct. 3 while Holmgren undergoes psychological testing.

Holmgren, 20, faces a maximum of eight years in prison and must register as a lifelong sex offender.

“I understand what I am doing,” Holmgren told Lasarow.

On July 30, South Lake Tahoe police arrested Holmgren after he called authorities and reportedly said, “I did something horrible.”

He told officers he molested and sodomized a 10-year-old boy at a residence on Anita Drive, authorities reported.

During the preliminary hearing, Holmgren’s mother said she felt comfortable with her son’s decision.

“Hans is a very honest person but very sick,” Heidi McGuigan said outside the courtroom.

McGuigan brought Holmgren up to Tahoe from Reno for a few weeks before the 20-year-old started his freshman year at the University of Nevada, Reno. He was going to major in business, she said.

At the time of his arrest, Holmgren reportedly told officers he was suffering from depression and wasn’t taking his medication. McGuigan said her son is diagnosed as a schizophrenic, which the medicine is for.

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