Omaha Priest Faces Charge of Sex Assault

By Toni Heinzl
Omaha World Herald
February 13, 1998

Omaha police on Friday arrested the Rev. Daniel Herek of St. Richard's Catholic Church on a charge of sexual assault on a child.

The police investigation centered on Herek's relationship with a boy in the parish, Lt. Michael Butera said, and covered the period from June 1992 to May 1997.

Butera said the boy was younger than 14.

Herek, 52, who had been undergoing treatment at a Maryland facility that specializes in treating clergy with sexual disorders, turned himself in at Central Police Headquarters.

He also is charged with possession of obscene material involving a child.

Sexual assault on a child 14 and younger is a felony that, for first-time offenders, results in penalty of up to five years in prison. Repeat offenders could get up to 25 years in prison.

Herek is charged with one count of sexual assault in the five-year period, but police continue their investigation to see whether there were more incidents, Butera said.

"He's charged with one count because we were able to confirm one count during the time frame," Butera said.

The Archdiocese of Omaha sent Herek to the treatment center, St. Luke Institute in Silver Spring, Md., on May 15, three days after a cleaning woman found two pornographic photographs and a video in the rectory at St. Richard, 4320 Fort St., where Herek lived.


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