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280: Bible Teacher Jared Kobernat Sentenced to Four Years in Prison

3m | Feb 8, 2024

Jared Kobernat went to school at West Coast Baptist College in Lancaster, CA before becoming a staff member at First Baptist School in Plattsmouth, NE – a ministry of First Baptist Church.

According to the First Baptist School website, they are a “K-12 educational institution” that recently added a pre-school.

Jared Kobernat was ordained by the church and stepped into the role of 9-10th grade Bible teacher.

On February 3rd, 2023, Kobernat was arrested for Intentional Child Abuse.

Jared Kobernat was the second person from First Baptist Church to be put behind bars within a year.

On March 17, 2022, 65 year old William Marks Sr, a Bob Jones University grad and Sunday school teacher at the church, was charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child and one count of third-degree sexual assault of a child.

Investigators talked to several victims who described how Marks would rub their backs, necks, inner thighs and have sexually explicit conversations with them. (source: WOWT)

His bond was set at $1 million.

William Marks died 9 days later while still incarcerated.

On February 7, 2024, almost two years since Mark’s death, and one year from Kobernat’s initial arrest, sentencing was carried out for Jared Kobernat.

News Channel Nebraska reports, “Jared was sentenced to two years for child abuse, a consecutive year for unlawful intrusion and a fourth year for attempted unlawful intrusion. Kobernat was ordered to register as a sex offender in Nebraska.”

The case started in 2022 as a stalking investigation – leading to a search of Kobernat's cell phone.

Police found approximately 27,000 photographs of females ranging from adolescence to middle age on Jared’s devices.

Kobernat admitted to following women at shopping centers and also confessed to creating a fake Facebook page in an attempt to obtain photos.

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A female victim, who had known Kobernat since his high school sophomore years, received a message from a fake Facebook account, purportedly from another former classmate.

The message solicited her assistance with an academic project on workout effects, leading her to share embarrassing photos.

When she said she would not send any further photos, she received threats that the images would be passed along to her family and entire Facebook friends list.

She threatened to involve the police, and then began receiving messages from other accounts asking for explicit photos.

Some of the photos on Kobernat’s cell phone had been altered to include text. One photo in particular was labeled to identify the individual shown as a student in Plattsmouth.

Investigators also found images of two females that were taken at First Baptist Church.

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