The Nebraska State Patrol says it’s continuing two investigations in Maxwell - allegations of sexual assault of students attending Maxwell High School and the failure to report the assault by school staff members.
The investigation began in April after NSP says it was made aware of the allegations involving a student in the wrestling program. The investigation led to several more potential victims of alleged sexual assault.
Lt. Lynn Williams says the suspect or suspects are students, but no names have been released.
Three staff members at Maxwell Public Schools were cited on Tuesday for Failure to Make a Report of Child Abuse or Neglect, a Class III Misdemeanor, according to the Patrol.
They include 61-year-old Superintendent Danny Twarling of North Platte, 47-year-old Principal & Activities Director Aubrey Boucher of Maxwell, and 35-year-old Coach Ryan Jones of North Platte.
Twarling released a statement Thursday, saying, “The School District maintains that it adheres to both state law and District policy and reports all incidents of abuse or neglect to the proper authorities when there is reasonable cause to make such a report as provided under Nebraska law.”
10/11 spoke with several Maxwell residents. Most said they hadn’t heard of the allegations or the citations. One couple that had knowledge of the investigation said there is a lot of hearsay around town, and that they believe the school district is a good district.
NSP says more charges could be filed in both investigations.
“This remains a very active investigation,” said Williams, Troop D- North Platte. “There is potential for more victims and additional arrests or citations.”
The Lincoln County Attorney’s Office and the State Health and Human Services Department are also part of the investigation.