GRAND ISLAND — The Grand Island Police Department, in conjunction with Homeland Security Investigations, arrested a 17-year-old male and 37-year-old Brian Mohr of Grand Island Tuesday.

The 17-year-old is a student at Northwest High School, where Mohr is a teacher.

“The arrests are in relation to a case in which the 17-year-old male obtained illicit images of minors via a social media ruse, and used some of those images to coerce them into performing sexual acts,”  officials with the Grand Island Police Department said in a press release. “Those images were shared with Mohr. Numerous images have been identified as students at the school where Mohr is employed and the 17-year-old attends.”

Police Capt. Jim Duering would not elaborate on the social media ruse, “other than we know that it used alias social media accounts.”

The 17-year-old suspect was arrested for first-degree sexual assault, human trafficking of a minor, unlawful intrusion, and multiple counts of distribution of sexually explicit material, child pornography.

Mohr was arrested for multiple counts of felony possession of sexually explicit material, child pornography. 

Northwest Superintendent Jeffrey Edwards issued a news release:“ law enforcement informed Northwest Public Schools of an ongoing criminal investigation into Brian Mohr, a teacher in the district. Student safety is the highest priority at Northwest, and the district has been and will continue to work cooperatively with its law enforcement partners. The district will be providing support services and counseling for students. Although the district is unable to comment on any specifics due to student confidentiality and personnel privacy laws, Mr. Mohr will not be returning to the classroom.”

“This is an ongoing investigation, and is being worked with the full cooperation of the Northwest School District,” the Edwards said. “If you, or someone you know is affected by this case or as a part of any online exploitation, it is important that you know you are not alone, and that you can contact 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. 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.”

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