Omaha police say a lawn care worker accused of sexually assaulting dozens of boys wrote letters from jail addressed to his alleged victims. The letters were confiscated by jail officials.
Daniel R. Mangiameli, 62, has been behind bars at the Douglas County Jail since the end of March.
He is charged with more than a dozen counts related to sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography. Mangiameli was ordered by a judge to have no contact with the boys.
Police said Mangiameli’s phone and mail privileges were suspended in August when officers discovered he had tried to contact them by letter and phone, according to court documents.
However, he continued to write letters in jail. He wrote 11, including five addressed to the boys, that were confiscated by jail staff.
The other letters were addressed to news organizations and to the judge presiding over his case, according to a search warrant for the confiscated letters.
Mangiameli said in an interview with The World-Herald that he had “sensual relationships” with about 20 boys in the past 30 years.
He was initially accused of using a vibrating sex toy on two boys who did yard work for his company. As more came forward, prosecutors filed additional charges.
Police said Mangiameli began writing the letters shortly after he was jailed. In the early letters, he again admitted to sexual contact with the boys and to taking photographs of them.
In April, police found more than 600 pornographic Polaroid photos of 28 boys, ages 10 to 15, in a storage unit Mangiameli kept in Atlantic, Iowa. So far, 25 of the boys have been identified by police, according to court documents.
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