The former interim Head Coach of the Husker Football team was arraigned in Lancaster County Court Thursday afternoon on a charge of Assault by Strangulation or Suffocation. Robert “Mickey” Joseph was arrested Wednesday afternoon following a disturbance at his Lincoln home with a woman. The victim reported that she and Joseph were arguing when Joseph pushed her onto a couch and placed his hands around her neck. She told a Lincoln Police Department investigator that she couldn’t breathe until she pushed him off. She said she was later struck in the head.
In the police report, the investigator observed the woman have visible redness and swelling around her left eye. The investigator also observed several long strands of hair on her clothing. Joseph is also alleged to have taken her phone and attempted to flush it in a toilet.
Joseph was arrested a short time later in an area away from the residence and booked into the Lancaster County Jail.
At Thursday’s hearing County Judge Laurie Yardley set his bond at 10% of $20,000. He was also ordered to have no contact with the woman or the residence where they disturbance occurred. He next court hearing was set for January 30, 2023 at 9:00am.
Assault by Strangulation or Suffocation is a Class 3A Felony charge punishable by up to 3 years imprisonment followed by 9 to 18 months of post release supervision or $10,000 fine or both. The case is being prosecuted by Deputy Lancaster County Attorney Eric Pruess. Joseph is being represented by Lincoln Attorney Sean Brennan.