A 26-year-old man from Nebraska has been apprehended by authorities for allegedly posing as a high school student and engaging in questionable interactions with multiple underage girls.
On June 1, the Lincoln Police Department received a report about an individual using the name Zak Hess to impersonate a student.
After further investigation, the man was identified as Zachary Scheich. He reportedly pretended to be a 17-year-old student enrolled at Northwest High School before transferring to Southeast High School during the 2022-2023 academic year. Scheich allegedly used fraudulent documents and created an elaborate false background to enroll in the school.
During a recent press conference, Lincoln Assistant Chief of Police Brian Jackson disclosed that Scheich attended school for 54 days, where he stood 5-foot-4 and weighed 120 pounds, successfully blending in with other students.
The investigation revealed that Scheich had previously graduated from Lincoln Public Schools in 2015, contradicting his false identity as a high school student.
While fraudulently enrolled, Scheich is accused of having inappropriate contact with multiple juvenile students on school premises. He allegedly communicated with young girls through text messages, maintaining his false identity as a peer and discussing classwork and high school sports.
The interactions with the minors continued for months, and Scheich even met the girls’ families during this time.
According to reports, in February, Scheich attempted to have s*xual contact with a 14-year-old girl, and in March, he propositioned a 13-year-old student to meet for s*x, inquiring if she would lose her virginity to him and requesting s*xually explicit photos in exchange for money. Police claim they have evidence of at least one payment made in this context.
On July 20, Scheich was arrested and charged with s*xual assault, use of an electronic device, and s*x trafficking of a minor. He is currently in custody at the Lancaster County Jail on a $250,000 bond.
The investigation is ongoing, and the school district is cooperating with the authorities during the process.