Lincoln TV reporter charged with 1st degree sexual assault

Published: Oct. 10, 2019 at 10:41 AM CDT
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A Lincoln television reporter accused of rape appeared in Lancaster County Court Friday and was officially charged with the crime.

Zach Worthington, 24, was placed on leave Thursday at KLKN Channel 8, where he has been an employee since 2017. He was arrested Thursday when he arrived at the police station to cover a media briefing.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim said she slept at Worthington's home on or about October 1, 2018. She said that after repeatedly telling Worthington she did not want to have sex, she woke up as he was raping her. The victim said she immediately got dressed and left.

Investigators said Worthington made several admissions about the assault via text messages and controlled phone calls with the victim.

If convicted of 1st degree sexual assault, Worthington faces a penalty of 1-50 years in prison and would have to register as a sex offender.