By Associated Press - Thursday, September 17, 2020

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - An Omaha City Council candidate who helped lead protests that closed an Omaha restaurant this summer is being held on $1 million bail on a first-degree sexual assault charge.

David D. Mitchell, 27, is accused of sexually assaulting a minor girl twice in 2014, when he as 21, according to court documents.

He was arrested Tuesday and his bond was set Thursday.

A post on Mitchell’s Facebook page after he was booked into jail said “These charges (are) one hundred percent false, the system is finding anyway to take me down. I can’t make (any) comments on the current case for legal reasons.” The Omaha World-Herald reported.

Mitchell was one of the leaders of the protest at the 11-Worth Cafe in Omaha this summer over a controversial Facebook post written by the owner’s son. Protesters also objected to a menu item named for Confederate general Robert E. Lee. The cafe closed after the protests.

Mitchell is running next year for the District 2 council seat representing northeast Omaha.

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