Nebraska suspect, 26, charged with assault after posing as high school student: Police

Harris Marley
Harris Marley

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A 26-year-old man in Nebraska was arrested last week for sex crimes after posing as a high school student, police said.

Lincoln resident Zachary Scheich, 26, was charged Friday with two counts of sexual assault through the use of an electronic device and one count of sexual trafficking of a minor. All three counts are misdemeanor charges.

The Lincoln Police Department said their investigation began June 1 when Lincoln Public Schools discovered someone posing as a college student named Zak Hess.

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“Hess was reportedly 17 years old and initially enrolled in Northwest High School during the first semester and transferred to Southeast High School during the sophomore semester, all during the 2022-2023 school year,” police said. “It was later determined that he graduated from Lincoln Public Schools in 2015.”

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Lincoln resident Zachary Scheich, 26, was charged with two counts of assault and one count of sex trafficking of a minor. (Lincoln Police Department)

Investigation revealed that the suspect was 26 years old. At 5’4″ and 120 pounds, police said he mingled with the teenage students.

Scheich attended school for about 54 days, police said. Investigators also found that he had illegal sexual encounters with minors.

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Lincoln authorities found that Scheich allegedly claimed to be a college student named Zak Hess. (Lincoln Police Department)

“Ongoing investigation led to the discovery of multiple contacts with juvenile students by Scheich under the assumed name of Hess,” the Lincoln Police Department added. “This provided enough information for an arrest warrant.”

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Scheich reportedly transferred to Southeast High School while disguised as a student. (Google Maps)

Scheich was arrested without incident. Lincoln Public Schools sent a letter to parents informing them that they are reviewing their enrollment procedures in light of the incident.

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Anyone who may have become a victim of the suspect is urged to call police at 402-441-6000. Anonymous callers can contact Crime Stoppers at 402-475-3600.

Fox News Digital has reached out to Lincoln Police for more information, but has yet to hear back.


Nebraska suspect, 26, charged with assault after posing as high school student: Police

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