Child porn charges against former area principal dropped

Charges against a former principal of two area Catholic schools have been dropped.
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Charges against a former principal of two area Catholic schools have been dropped.

According to court documents, a federal judge granted a motion by prosecutors to dismiss a charge of child pornography production against Marlan Burki.

Burki was charged last week after a judge determined there was probable cause that he was the man pictured in an FBI wanted poster related to the investigation.

Burki’s wife and Sarpy County Sheriff Jeff Davis testified that the man pictured, known only as “John Doe 42,” was not in fact Burki.

Prosecutors said in the motion to dismiss that they needed additional time to complete their investigation.

“At present, there is additional investigation which the Government seeks to accomplish before this matter is submitted for indictment,” the motion reads.

The decision to detain Burki was based in part on “the explicit nature of the crime to a child who has yet to be identified,” according to court documents.

The details of the case are sealed and a victim has not been identified.

Burki served at All Saints Catholic School in Omaha for 13 years before heading to St. Joseph’s Catholic School in Beatrice, where he was in charge for the 2019-2020 school year.

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