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Archdiocese of Omaha: Former school admin charged for child-porn production

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Posted at 5:32 PM, Oct 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-08 15:53:55-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — Update: 10/8/20

Thursday morning, former All Saints School Principal Marlan Burki appeared in court to determine whether or not he would be detained during his trial.

Burki's lawyer, Steve Lefler, told us the judge ordered Burki to be detained based on the nature of the charges he faces and the view that he could pose a threat to the public if they are true.

Previous story: 10/7/20

Our partners at the Omaha World-Herald are reporting federal authorities are alleging former All Saints School Principal Marlan Burki is the man pictured in a recent release from Omaha's FBI field office regarding the sexual exploitation of a child.

Burki's attorney, Steve Lefler, says he is confident that the FBI does not have the right person and that they will prove that in court.

Burki was most recently a principal for the St. Joseph Catholic School in Beatrice.

Lefler says he was told authorities have video of the suspect engaged in oral sex with a boy.

Previous story: 10/6/20

The Archdiocese of Omaha says a former-school principal has been charged for producing child pornography.

The diocese says it is currently working with investigators who are looking into former All Saints School Principal Marlan Burki who oversaw the school from 2006-2018.

Deacon Tim McNeil, chancellor of the Archdiocese of Omaha, says the diocese has no record of Burki being accused of sexual misbehavior with minors while at the school and remains vigilant against such activities.

“The Archdiocese of Omaha remains committed to the protection of young people and vulnerable adults, the prevention of abuse, healing of victims and cooperating with civil authorities,” McNeil said. “If anyone is concerned about Mr. Burki’s past actions, he or she should contact law enforcement.”

People who have been affected by any misconduct or abuse at the hands of Church personnel are asked to contact Mary Beth Hanus, Director of Victim Outreach and Prevention for the Archdiocese, at (402) 827-3798 or email at mbhanus@archomaha.org.

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