Jan 14, 2020 8:44 PM

Grand Island police arrest teacher, student on human trafficking and child porn allegations

Posted Jan 14, 2020 8:44 PM

Grand Island, Neb. – Grand Island police have arrested a teacher and student on allegations of human trafficking and child pornography.

The department issued the following statement regarding the arrests:

On 1/14/19, the Grand Island Police Department, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations (HSI), arrested a 17-year-old male, and a 37-year-old Brian Mohr of Grand Island.

The 17-year-old male is identified as a student at Northwest High School, where Mohr is a teacher. The arrests are in relation to a case in which the 17-year-old male obtained elicit images of minors via a social media ruse, and used some of those images to coerce them into performing sexual acts. Those images were shared with Mohr. Numerous images have been identified as students at the school where Mohr is employed and the 17-year-old attends.

The 17-year-old suspect was arrested as a suspect in the investigation of 1st Degree Sexual Assault, Human Trafficking of a Minor, Unlawful Intrusion, and multiple counts of Distribution of Sexually Explicit Material (Child Pornography).

Brian Mohr was arrested as a suspect in multiple counts of Possession of Sexually Explicit Material (Child Pornography). All crimes listed are classified as felonies.

This is an ongoing investigation and is being worked with the full cooperation of the Northwest School District. If you or someone you know is affected by this case or as a part of any online exploitation, it is important that you know you are not alone, and that you can contact the Grand Island Police Department at 308-385-5400 or the HSI anonymous tip line at 866-DHS-2-ICE or https://www.ice.gov/tipline. It is important to know that potential victims in this activity are not alone. The Grand Island Police Department and HSI will continue to work toward keeping the youth of our community safe and will have Victim Advocates in place to assist persons affected by this case.

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Weather service arranges meetings to discuss flood risk

VALLEY, Neb. (AP) - The National Weather Service is scheduling meetings to share information about the potential for river flooding this winter and spring in eastern Nebraska and western Iowa.

The two areas were socked with record flooding late last winter and early spring when heavy rain from a powerful storm system fell atop frozen ground covered with snow, accelerating the runoff into the Missouri River and its tributaries.

As the storm approached the state, weather service hydrologist David Pearson in the Omaha-area office warned of the potential for flooding and levee failure.

"We tried our best to get the word out, but we've heard that some people weren't getting it," Pearson told the Omaha World-Herald.

Hence the new effort: "We're trying to reach more people, be sure they get the best information and make personal connections," Pearson said.

The meetings are scheduled for Feb. 4 in Fremont, Feb. 13 in Columbus, Feb. 27 in Norfolk and March 5 in Sidney, Iowa.

Conditions point to a heightened flood risk again this spring, Pearson said. They include heavy snow cover in South and North Dakota, saturated soil and high rivers.

But, he told The Associated Press, "If you look outside we don't have 2 feet of snow on the ground."