An Omaha man accused of sexually assaulting three boys for years and paying them to stay quiet was ordered Friday to be held on $10 million bail.
Steven Danon, 65, was charged with 12 felonies relating to sexual assaults of children.
Danon would have to put up $1 million, or 10% of his bail amount, to be released from custody. Douglas County Judge Stephanie Shearer also said Danon is not allowed to have contact with the alleged victims or with any minors, including his grandchildren.
Danon waived his preliminary hearing at his Friday court appearance.
Authorities have been investigating allegations against Danon since September 2019, when one young man spoke to Omaha police.
The man told detectives that Danon, a family friend, masturbated and performed oral sex on him starting when he was 11 years old through adulthood. According to an affidavit, Danon provided drugs and money to the man over the years.
In August 2020, police detectives spoke to a second potential victim. The man told authorities that Danon started sexually assaulting him when he was 11 or 12 years old. In his early teens, according to the affidavit, he was paid by Danon “in exchange for being able to masturbate him and perform oral sex on him.”
The man said Danon gave him cash, marijuana and Xanax and continued to pay him so he wouldn’t talk about the alleged abuse, which he said continued through high school.
A third man also spoke to Omaha police in August about the investigation into Danon’s alleged behavior. In a follow-up interview last month, the man told police that Danon masturbated and performed oral sex on him in middle school. The abuse against him stopped in high school, he told police.
Danon, who is a safety director at an insurance company, has served on the Nebraska State Emergency Response Commission since 1997. Taylor Gage, a spokesman for Gov. Pete Ricketts, said Friday that the commission’s website notes that Danon’s term on the commission ended Sept. 13, 2020, but Danon has continued to serve. With the charges pending against Danon, Gage said, “he will no longer be allowed to continue to serve.”
With the charges pending against Danon, Gage said, “he will no longer be allowed to continue to serve.”