In October 2019, the Omaha Police Department was made aware of a sexual assault between an OPS staff member, later identified as Ronald POWELL, and a North High School student. The victim told the investigating detective that the contact with POWELL began in 2015 when she was 15-years-old, and continued well into 2017. Due to the incident's trauma, the victim reported she was hesitant to come forth but was doing so because she felt that POWELL might have also victimized others. After an extensive investigation, the detectives spoke to multiple witnesses who corroborated the victim's statements, and collected enough evidence to be granted an arrest warrant for POWELL.
POWELL worked as an assistant girls basketball coach and a security guard at Omaha North High from December 2014 until August 2016 when he was terminated for 'just cause'. Still, he did volunteer to coach girls basketball through Omaha Bryan High School as late as January 2020. Staff at Bryan High School was made aware of the case against POWELL and he was immediately released from coaching. He was not a paid staff member.
During the investigation, the detective learned that POWELL would groom young girls by promising to help them get a college scholarship. The Omaha Police Department believes that POWELL may have used the same tactic to get other young girls' phone numbers and eventually sexually assault them. The Omaha Police have reason to believe that there may be other victims who have not come forward.
Reporting a sexual assault can be a traumatic experience and recognize the emotional hardship and courage of coming forward. You can report any incident of sexual assault to police by calling 911, regardless of how long ago it happened.
Ronald POWELL (3-10-1968) was arrested Monday 15 Feb 2021 for 2 counts of 1st Degree Sexual Assault of a Child.