- Associated Press - Tuesday, February 4, 2014

FREMONT, Neb. (AP) - A former athletic director for Midland University who was accused of soliciting sex from students and threatening one has made a deal for lower charges.

Jason Dannelly, of Omaha, pleaded no contest on Monday to two misdemeanor counts of attempted solicitation of prostitution, the Fremont Tribune said (http://bit.ly/1iptyzJ ). He’d been charged with felony pandering and terroristic threats and two misdemeanor solicitation counts.

Sentencing for the 34-year-old is scheduled for April 7.

Dannelly was Midland University’s athletic director from August 2011 until his dismissal in December 2012.


An arrest warrant affidavit filed by a Fremont police detective Joyce Henke said that as athletic director Dannelly arranged work-study jobs for student athletes.

Deputy Dodge County Attorney Tim Sopinski said in court on Monday that a student approached Dannelly, looking for work-study opportunities, but was told none was available. Instead Dannelly told the student he had a friend who was looking for someone to be with when his wife was out of town.

Sopinski said that when the student didn’t respond to several texts from Dannelly, Dannelly went to the student’s dorm and asked her if she wanted to see a photo of his friend who would pay her for sex. Sopinski said Dannelly showed the student a picture of himself and handed her an envelope containing $300.

Another court affidavit says another student who had “minor trouble with the law” told police that Dannelly led her to believe he could help her stay on her team if she had sex with him. The affidavit says he threatened the student with harm if she told anyone.

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Information from: Fremont Tribune, http://www.fremontneb.com