‘Probable cause’ that former Beatrice, Omaha principal is man in FBI wanted poster

A former principal at two area Catholic schools is believed to be a man wanted by the FBI. 
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – A former principal at two area Catholic schools is believed to be a man wanted by the FBI.

Marlan Burki appeared virtually in federal court Thursday morning where he is charged with one count of production of child pornography.

A judge determined there is probable cause that Burki is the person identified by the FBI in a wanted poster as “John Doe 42.”

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.

According to court records, the judge determined there is “substantial risk of harm to the public” in deciding whether Burki should be detained while the case proceeds. He will be placed in the custody of the U.S. Marshals.

The decision 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.

If convicted, Burki faces up to 20 years in prison.

 

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