Police arrest student and teacher at a Grand Island high school in human trafficking, child porn investigation

GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KLKN) — Authorities on Tuesday arrested a student and a teacher at Northwest High School in Grand Island on a number of felony charges. 

The Grand Island Police Department said in a news release officers arrested a 17-year-old male student at Northwest High School and 37-year-old Brian Mohr (pictured above), a teacher at the school. 

The arrests are part of a case in which GIPD says the student obtained elicit images of minors via a social media ruse, using the images to coerce the victims into performing sexual acts, and sharing the images with Mohr. 

Numerous Northwest High students have been identified in the images, police said. 

The 17-year-old was arrested for first-degree sexual assault, human trafficking of a minor, unlawful intrusion and multiple counts of distribution of child pornography. Mohr was arrested on multiple counts of possession of child pornography. 

GIPD says school officials are cooperating fully with the ongoing investigation, which is being conducted in conjunction with Homeland Security.

Police say if someone is affected by the case they can call the Grand Island Police Department at 308-385-5400 or the HSI anonymous tip line at 866-DHS-2-ICE or https://www.ice.gov/tipline

“It is important to know that potential victims in this activity are not alone,” police said in the release. “The Grand Island Police Department and HSI will continue to work toward keeping the youth of our community safe, and will have Victim Advocates in place to assist persons affected by this case.” 

Northwest Public Schools said in a statement administrators were made aware of the investigation Tuesday. The statement said support and counseling services will be provided to students, and that Mohr “will not be returning to the classroom.”  

 

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