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Former Midland AD charged with soliciting student athletes

Former Midland AD charged with soliciting student athletes

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The former athletic director at Midland University is facing charges of soliciting sex from student athletes.

Jason Dannelly, 33, of Omaha is charged with one count of pandering, a Class IV felony; one count of making a terroristic threat, a Class IV felony; and two counts of soliciting prostitution, a Class I misdemeanor.

Dannelly was arrested Tuesday in Omaha by Fremont detectives following a seven-month investigation, said Sgt. Bob Buer of the Fremont Police Department.

In an arrest warrant affidavit Fremont Detective Joyce Henke states during his position as athletic director Dannelly arranged work study jobs for student athletes needing money. A student athlete who was 20 years old at the time accused Dannelly of giving her $300 to have sexual contact with him.

Henke stated the student athlete had text messages from Dannelly supporting her allegations.

In a separate affidavit, Henke states another student athlete, who had “minor trouble with the law” told police Dannelly led her to believe he could help protect her from dismissal from the team if she had sex with him.

The detective’s affidavit states “he warned her she would be found floating down the Loop River if she told anyone.”

Court records stated the incidents took place between Oct. 29, 2012, and Nov. 25, 2012.

Dannelly denied all allegations in a voluntary interview, the detective stated.

Dannelly left his position as athletic director at Midland in December.

In a statement Wednesday, a university spokesperson said officials have been cooperating with the investigation.

“When the university was made aware of the allegations, we investigated over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, and met with the employee.  He resigned on the spot, left campus, and we turned the information over to law enforcement,” the statement said.

If convicted, Dannelly faces up to a five-year prison sentence on both the pandering and terroristic threat charges, and up to one year in prison on each of the solicitation of prostitution charges.

Dannelly was released from Saunders County Jail after posting 10 percent of his $25,000 bond.

Dannelly is set for a first appearance in Dodge County court July 30. 

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