David Mitchell elects Omaha City Council despite pending litigation

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The field is set for the Omaha City Council election, but a candidate who will be fighting for a seat is also battling heavy criminal charges.

David Mitchell, who spoke to 6 News about his litigation, said while voting for the city council in Omaha’s Second District he believed he could help northern Omaha.

“Whatever I can do to get better education and better economy in our community is something I really want to help and fix. My biggest thing right now is also reforming the judicial system, ”he said.

Mitchell said he plans to bring change to northern Omaha. But right now there is a legal cloud hanging over his head.

Douglas County’s attorney Don Kleine told 6 News that Mitchell is facing very serious charges.

“He has a number of break-ins, pending charges, and a number of sexual assaults – both of which are crimes,” Kleine said.

Last fall, Mitchell was arrested and released by law enforcement from a session of the Omaha City Council. He was charged with sexual assault on a first degree minor in incidents that allegedly occurred in 2014.

Mitchell is also accused of burglary on another matter.

“Of course that will affect my campaign – frankly – because they did so in a strategic maneuver to destroy my campaign,” said Mitchell.

Legal officials say if found guilty, the burglary charge carries a penalty of zero to 20 years and the sexual assault charge ranges from one to 50 years.

Mitchell said his campaign would continue. He wants to bring business to Northern Omaha. He is currently opening a video game store near 50th and Ames Streets. He also plans to hire six people.

“That’s something I want to do – to hire the people in the community and have something here so people know I’m serious,” said Mitchell.

A sexual assault trial is currently scheduled for April 16, ten days after the city’s area code is dialed. Mitchell said he would be found not guilty.

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