Sex Offender Arrested for Assaulting Girl

Sex Offender Arrested for Assaulting Girl

By Jake Wasikowski. CREATED Feb 27, 2013

Omaha, NE -- A registered sex offender is back behind bars for luring kids into his apartment, and sexually assaulting a young girl.

Police say 50-year-old Harold Shipley invited 3 children to his apartment near 30th & Pacific St. to watch TV and have some candy on Tuesday night.  When the little girl returned home her father, who KMTV Action 3 News will not identify to protect the child, said she was acting weird and wouldn't say what happened.  The 7-year-old girl’s family had known Shipley as a neighbor for some time.  The father asked the other two children what happened while at Shipley’s apartment.  They told him Shipley allegedly undressed the girl and touched her private parts.

"(I) was going to go get (my) own kind of justice for his little girl, but (I) calmed down and realized that probably wasn't the best idea,” the girl’s father said through a translator. "Who knows who else's daughter he would have done this to."

Police arrested Shipley for 1st Degree Sexual Assault, Child Enticement, and False Imprisonment.  He was booked on a total of six felonies.  Shipley is a lifetime registered sex offender, for sexually assaulting a child in 1998.  He served less than two years in prison with the Nebraska Department of Correctional Services.  Project Harmony says child sex offenders have the highest reoffending rate in the country.

"Unfortunately we don't know what happened between the last time this person was convicted.  There could have been other victims that may not have come forward," said Gene Klein, the Executive Director of Project Harmony.

"It sickens him that he didn't learn the first time around that that's not something that you should be doing,” a translator explained on behalf of the girl’s father.  "He doesn't sleep the same knowing that that happened to his daughter."

Shipley remains in the Douglas County Jail, and is expected to make an initial court appearance on Thursday.

Project Harmony says parents should teach their children what to do if someone asks them to come into their home or vehicle.  They offer classes called Darkness to Light, which educates parents on how to protect their kids.