Child molester offers 'chilling and disturbing' apology -
Published Tuesday, February 5, 2013 at 12:00 am / Updated at 6:50 am
Child molester offers 'chilling and disturbing' apology

The child molester called his victims — whom he tallied at upward of 40 — by their nicknames.

In court Monday, Daniel R. Mangiameli, 63, rattled off their names — as if his “sorry” were a shout-out to the victims, who were employees of his former Omaha lawn service.

He rambled on about his three decades of abuse — saying he initially suppressed his sexual attraction to children by becoming a hippie active in the civil rights and peace movements of the 1960s.

But then, he said, he became disenchanted by the deaths of “Martin, John and Bobby,” referring to the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and the Kennedys.

So, he said, he sold his soul to the devil — and acted out on his sexual perversion after hiring the boys to work for his lawn service.

In sentencing Mangiameli to 195 to 310 years in prison for the sexual assaults of four boys, Douglas County District Judge Thomas Otepka called Mangiameli's actions and words “chilling and disturbing.”

Mangiameli was, in effect, the equivalent of disgraced former Penn State linebackers coach Jerry Sandusky, without the prominent job or mentoring program but with all the grandiose visions of himself.

“Hopefully, over the years, you'll talk more about (your victims) than yourself,” Otepka said. “I found it chilling and disturbing to listen to the names on that list go on and on.”

Mangiameli's abuse went on for more than three decades. He originally estimated having had sexual relationships with at least 20 boys. But he recently told a probation officer that it was 40 boys.

After his arrest, Omaha police reviewed hundreds of photos and videos he took of the boys — pre-teens to early teens — and found 31 boys depicted. Omaha Police Detective Amber Schlote was able to identify all but five.

Prosecutors brought charges involving four boys, and Mangiameli pleaded no contest to eight felony counts. He had faced 15 years to life in prison.

Authorities said Mangiameli groomed the boys by giving them alcohol, cigarettes, money and marijuana. He performed sex acts on them and had them perform sex acts on him and each other, sometimes using sex toys. And he videotaped and took pictures of the acts, many of which were committed in a shed on Mangiameli's property.

Authorities arrested him on March 14 at a Texas yacht club, where he was planning to flee to Mexico.

Prosecutor Molly Keane, a deputy Douglas County attorney, called Mangiameli's case “the worst case of child abuse” she had seen in her 12 years as a prosecutor.

“I don't think we'll ever know how many” victims he had, Keane said. “Worse yet, he says he still fantasizes about these boys.”

Mangiameli choked up as he gave his rambling apology, saying he turned to evil acts after suppressing his sexual tendencies during college. Mangiameli said he was “blinded by my lust.”

“I was taking away their innocence,” Mangiameli said. “I was born with this sexual affliction. I didn't choose to be this way, any more than the choice to be left- or right-handed.”

Despite that belief, Mangiameli said, he knew what he was doing was wrong. At one point, he described a boy who worked at his lawn service — a child he nicknamed “Chipmunk.”

“I looked into his lazy eye — and Chipmunk had a look of 'Why are you doing this?' ” Mangiameli said. “I knew he was a Jesus in disguise.”

Prosecutors said Mangiameli was a predator in disguise. He preyed on boys from broken homes. He promised them a summer job and cash in return for sex and their silence.
None of the victims showed up for the sentencing.

Many of them — and their parents — are dealing with the effects of the abuse and will do so for years to come, authorities said.

To that, Mangiameli said: “I agree. I'm not trying to protect myself. I found my sins. Clear as could be. ... I promise you that I am suffering. ... At my retirement home, which is a prison, I won't be able to get a Quarter Pounder.”

Judge Otepka waited for Mangiameli to finish. He then noted that Mangiameli told probation officers that he had long ago made “a pact with the devil.”

“That if you were given all of the young boys you could have, you would give the devil your soul,” Otepka said. “Today you will make another pact — with our justice system — for these despicable acts and for violating these young victims.”

Contact the writer:402-444-1275,

Contact the writer: Todd Cooper    |   402-444-1275

Todd covers courts and legal issues for The World-Herald.

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