Ex-teacher charged in sex assault of six girls to face trial
A former first-grade teacher in Nebraska who prosecutors say admitted to sexually abusing six girls has waived his preliminary hearing and will head to trial, according to reports.
Gregory Sedlacek, a 30-year-old former teacher at Fontenelle Elementary School, stood before a judge on Wednesday in Omaha, where he waived his preliminary hearing in connection with six counts of first-degree sexual assault on a child and one count of third-degree sexual assault on a child, KETV reports.
Deputy County Attorney Molly Keane told a judge that Sedlacek victimized six girls, all of whom he has confessed to sexually assaulting.
“He admitted to touching all of the kids that we have charged,” Keane said Wednesday.
Prosecutors said at least four other girls have been forensically interviewed by investigators and some of Sedlacek’s alleged victims told authorities that they were inappropriately touched by him on many occasions. One of the girls also told police she saw Sedlacek molest several other students during the alleged incidents, which prosecutors claim took place between August and November, KETV reports.
Sedlacek was arrested Dec. 3 after teachers at the school called the Nebraska child abuse hotline to report on Nov. 20 that he was spotted with his hand up a 7-year-old girl’s skirt while at the school’s playground. The three-year employee was immediately placed on administrative leave.
The girl later told police she saw Sedlacek inappropriately touch four other students, while authorities claim Sedlacek has since admitted molesting six students, the newspaper reports.
Omaha Public Schools officials voted to fire Sedlacek during a meeting Dec. 17. If convicted on all counts, he faces at least 120 years in prison. Sedlacek remained held without bail Thursday at a jail in Douglas County, online records show.
Some parents of students at the school, meanwhile, accused staffers of keeping them in the dark regarding the allegations and subsequent charges filed against Sedlacek.
“At this point, as a mother, I’m very angry,” the mom of a student in Sedlacek’s former first-grade class told WOWT. “They didn’t tell me anything.”
“The prevalence of sex abuse in our schools is heartbreaking,” said nationally recognized sex abuse attorney Jeff Herman. “By coming forward to share their stories, these brave girls are protecting future generations of kids from this predator,” said Mr. Herman.
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