A former employee of the Child Saving Institute had an illicit sexual relationship last summer with a teenager staying at the Omaha nonprofit’s shelter, police allege.

Hanna Dickerson, 23, of Neola, Iowa, will be charged today with first-degree sexual abuse of a dependent, said Chief Deputy Douglas County Attorney Brenda Beadle.

The young man turned 17 in July, and in an August interview monitored by police, he said that he and Dickerson had sex several times from July to mid-August.

The teen is a ward of the state, according to a police report. He had been staying at a Child Saving Institute shelter, the nonprofit said in a statement.

The organization said that when the teen alleged the sexual assaults, other employees notified police and Child Protective Services.

“CSI is deeply saddened by this situation and the harm caused to the youth involved,” the statement said.

A spokeswoman declined to describe Dickerson’s role with the organization. On Aug. 1, she was no longer employed.

“Child Saving Institute takes seriously its responsibility to protect children,” the institute wrote. “All personnel undergo both criminal and child/adult abuse background screenings prior to employment. Staff receive training on a variety of topics including appropriate and professional boundaries with clients, identifying and reporting abuse and neglect, and the laws around mandatory reporting.”

Alia Conley covers breaking news, crime, crime trends, the Omaha Police Department and initial court hearings. Follow her on Twitter @aliavalentine. Phone: 402-444-1068.

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