Police charged a Nebraska man posing as a teenager responsible for sex-related charges, the man identified as Zachary Scheich was caught in contact with students. Scheich was arrested on a library.
Shiech had attended two schools, Northwest High School on October 20th, and Southeast High School on Jan 12th. Superintendent Paul Gausman said that he used convincing documents to enroll in the school via online, which he added wasn’t unusual.
Scheich was investigated by police beginning on June 1st following a concerning report of an individual posing as a student. They found he was engaging in conversations with minors, under the name Zak Hess – they’ve also received calls from potential victims and witnesses.
Caught and Charged
Although the court documents aren’t available to the public, it detailed that Scheich allegedly asked for inappropriate material from a student he had paid before – which is a violation and named under sex trafficking of a minor.
The school immediately alerted parents and students from both schools, who may have been potential victims of Scheich. In addition, they said they have social workers and mental health experts who can help support these students.
Gausman says he understands the concerning situation, he recognizes there may be some victims who haven’t come forward yet and is encouraging them to report it to the district and police.
Lincoln Assistant Police Chief Brian Jackson commented that Sheich has managed to convincingly blend with regular students. Associated Superintendent Matt Larson commented that Scheich’s documents were all fraudulent, even the address and contact information provided.
As a result, school officials have started reviewing their enrollment process after failing to notice Scheich’s documents – they’ll be implementing in-person conversations with enrollees, parents, and guardians.
They’ll also be reviewing enrollment applications submitted online, noting how it was easily exploited in this incident and considering changing it.