Former Nebraska prosecutor pleads guilty to violating rights of his romantic rival
LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A former Dodge County official has pleaded guilty to violating the civil rights of a man who was dating his wife throughout 2020, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said Monday.
Under the plea, 47-year-old Oliver Glass of Fremont was charged with conspiracy to commit deprivation of rights under color of law. He faces the maximum possible punishment of one year in prison, a $100,000 fine or both.
In his plea agreement, Glass said his wife filed for divorce in 2020. On March 6 of that year, he learned that his wife was dating another man.
Glass, who had been county attorney since 2011, then worked with other unnamed individuals to deprive the man of his rights, specifically, his Fourth Amendment right against unreasonable search and seizure.
They used their restricted access to the Nebraska Criminal Justice Information System to find out information on the man, the attorney’s office said.
A supervisor in the Fremont Police Department told officers that the man was dating Glass’ wife and that they should be on the lookout for him. The supervisor gave officers the victim’s vehicle description and license plate number, authorities said.
Another law enforcement officer in Dodge County used his credentials, while working as a private investigator, to gather information on the victim’s criminal history that was not otherwise publicly available.
Law enforcement members in Dodge County would also drive by the man’s apartment looking for him without legal justification, the attorney’s office said.
United States District Judge Robert Rossiter set Glass’ sentencing for Feb. 17.
Glass resigned in February 2021.
This case was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation.