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State Defends Its Abuse Probe In King Case - July 13, 1989 - Omaha World-Herald

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July 13, 1989 State Defends Its Abuse Probe In King Case; [Metro Edition] James Allen Flanery. Omaha World - Herald. Omaha, Neb. pg. 15

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Deputy Nebraska State Attorney General Gene Crump has defended his office's investigation of the child-abuse allegations linked with Omaha businessman Lawrence E. King Jr.

"We feel we've done an appropriate and effective job thus far," said Crump, whose office has been one of several to probe the allegations.

He said the attorney general's probe "is still open" and awaits the final conclusions of a legislative committee that is exploring the alleged abuse and other aspects of the Nov. 4 collapse of the Franklin Community Federal Credit Union.

King formerly managed Franklin.

Tuesday, the legislative committee issued a report saying, "It would not appear that any meaningful steps were taken by the Office of the Attorney General to investigate the allegations of child sexual abuse" between July 20, 1988, and late November 1988.

The report was written by Kirk E. Naylor Jr., a Lincoln attorney who is acting as the committee counsel and who also has been appointed a special assistant attorney general.

"This is an interim report, and they've come to some conclusions," Crump said, referring to the committee. "When they finish their final report, then we'll be in a better position to review it. If they come up with some information we haven't received, it will be helpful."

Crump said his office and the committee have cooperated thus far.

But his office has refused to turn over reports to the committee pertaining to the abuse investigation.

"We've got a problem with the legislative branch trying to exert power over or do the work of the executive branch," Crump said.

"Also, there is an ongoing investigation with the (U.S.) Department of Justice, and it is not appropriate to share them (the reports) with a non-criminal agency," he said.

He said the reports have been seen by Naylor in his role as a special assistant attorney general.

Asked about Naylor's comments in the committee report, Crump said, "I suspect reasonable men can differ."

Attorney General Robert Spire was not available for comment. Spire was attending a meeting of state attorneys general at the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.

Credit: World-Herald Staff Writer

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