CREATED Jul. 3, 2013
Fremont, NE - "The school is moving forward, and one bad apple shouldn't mess up the whole tree."
Student athletes at Midland University hope the actions of their former athletic director won't taint the name of their Alma mater. Many of them, are still stunned to hear about the allegations against Jason Dannelly.
"He is at that level where you know everyone does look up to him, it was his responsibility."
After a seven month long investigation, Fremont police arrested Dannelly Tuesday for offering money to young female athletes for sex, while working for Midland.
"That's terrible, like you know like that's someone you think like you could trust you could talk to, sit down have a conversation with about like life or anything, but you never with people nowadays really."
Court documents show Dannelly solicited two females last year. He tried trading money and other things of value for sexual contact. He offered one student, three hundred dollars.
"Dannelly even threatened a Midland athlete, warning her she'd be found floating down the Loup River if she told anyone."
Action 3 News tried to find Dannelly, but after his abrupt resignation at Thanksgiving, he sold his home and moved.
"I heard a few things like you know just a few rumors that he was talking to students and stuff like that.
"I was pretty shocked, didn't really think it was to that extent. We all knew he left and he may have been trouble, but for it to actually be confirmed, that's a bit shocking."
Officials with Midland would not go on camera. In a statement, Midland says Dannelly resigned immediately when questioned about these allegations.
He's been charged with pandering, making terroristic threats and two counts of soliciting prostitution.