A former athletic director at Midland University in Fremont has pleaded not guilty to charges he solicited sex from two female athletes and threatened another with bodily harm.
Jason D. Dannelly, 33, is charged with felony pandering, making terroristic threats and two misdemeanor counts of solicitation of prostitution. He had a brief appearance Tuesday in Dodge County Court.
Dannelly held the job of athletic director from August 2011 until he was fired in December.
An affidavit filed by investigators states that Dannelly told an athlete that if she had sex with him, he would help her with some legal issues that could have resulted in her dismissal from a team. He allegedly threatened her if she told anyone.
In a separate case, Dannelly is accused of giving a 20-year-old woman $300 to have sex with him.
An affidavit in that case said Dannelly had authority to arrange work-study jobs for student-athletes. The 20-year-old saved text messages from Dannelly and shared them with police.
Dannelly faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted of all charges.