Nebraska Man, 26, Arrested on S*xual Assault and S*x Trafficking Charges for Impersonating High School Student
Zachary Scheich, a 26-year-old resident of Lincoln, Nebraska, who also goes by the alias Zak Hess, has been apprehended and charged with serious S*x crimes after allegedly assuming the identity of a 17-year-old high school student for approximately two months.
The arrest was made on Thursday, and the Lincoln Police Department has leveled two felony counts of ‘s*xual assault, use of an electronic device,’ and one count of ‘S*x trafficking of a minor’ against him.
The authorities were alerted to the alleged crime on June 1 when the Lincoln Public School District reported suspicions of someone “impersonating” a student enrolled under the name Zak Hess at two local high schools.
According to police, Hess, claiming to be 17, initially enrolled at Northwest High School for the first semester of the 2022-2023 academic year before transferring to Southeast High School during the second semester.
Subsequent investigations uncovered that Hess graduated from Lincoln Public Schools in 2015 and is, in fact, 26 years old. School records indicate that he attended approximately 54 days of school while pretending to be a student.
Astonishingly, despite the significant age difference, Hess managed to blend in with other students due to his height and appearance.
During his time posing as a student, Scheich allegedly contacted female students under his assumed identity, reaching out to them through phone and computer communications.
The information gathered during this investigation led to the issuance of an arrest warrant, and he was taken into custody without incident at a local library.
Authorities promptly informed families at Northwest and Southeast High Schools about Scheich’s arrest and are now concerned that there may be more victims.
The focus has shifted from locating the suspect to determining the full scope of his actions, as Assistant Chief Brian Jackson stated during a press conference.
Lincoln Public Schools is cooperating with the police in the investigation, and the Special Victims Unit is actively interviewing potential victims to ascertain the extent of the case.
The police are urging anyone who may have had interactions with Scheich or believes they might be a victim to come forward and provide information.
Those with relevant details can contact the department’s non-emergency number at 402.441.6000 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 402.475.3600.
As of now, it remains uncertain whether Scheich has retained legal representation to speak on his behalf.