Sexting Suspect In Court

A former college athlete faced a felony charge Wednesday in Lincoln in connection with a sexting case first reported by Channel 6 News two years ago.

Former gymnastics instructor Bohumir Benak is accused of sending a graphic photo of himself to a 13-year-old girl he met while teaching at an Omaha gymnastics club. The sexting allegedly took place in February 2010 when Benak was a 23-year-old student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

According to the arrest affidavit, the defendant dropped his sweat pants exposing himself and then took a cell photo of himself that he forwarded to the girl. She was in another state at the time and since the cell phone photo came from Lincoln, the prosecution ended up there after nearly two years of investigation.

In the arrest affidavit, Benak told the mother of the then-13-year-old that he used bad judgment and apologized for sending the picture, but the victim’s mother said words won't heal the emotional pain. “When I found it I screamed and yelled. Finally she confessed it was a coach so I screamed some more.”

A few weeks after the alleged sexting incident, Benak was named to the UNL gymnastics team, though records indicate he didn't compete that year.

The trial is scheduled for May and if convicted, Benak faces up to five years in prison. He remains free on $2,500 bond.

The victim is now 15 years old. Her mother lives out of state and was unavailable for comment.

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