Waverly Teacher Won't Be Prosecuted in Sexual Assault Case

By: Associated Press | 10/11 News
By: Associated Press | 10/11 News

WAVERLY, Neb. (AP) -- Prosecutors have decided not to prosecute a Nebraska teacher accused of inappropriately touching a 14-year-old student.

Twenty-seven-year-old Seth Styskal had surrendered to Lancaster County deputies and was briefly jailed in April. But on Wednesday, chief deputy county attorney Pat Condon said the county attorney's office "did not believe there was sufficient evidence to prove, beyond a reasonable doubt, the charge third-degree sexual assault."

Court documents say one girl told her mother that she stayed after classes at Waverly High School in late January or early February to get some help with homework. During interviews the 14 year old girl said she was sitting on the floor and Styskal was flirting with her. He then began rubbing her leg with his foot and eventually touched her between her legs. Two other students came into the class and the girl said she left.

According to court records, the 14 year old girl and two of her friends told a school counselor on March 21 that Styskal was having strange conversations with them through instant messaging.

The records show that as many as 5 girls had conversations with Styskal. Some of the girls said the messages were strange and flirty, but not sexual. One of the girls said Styskal told her she brought him clarity and completed him.

Documents show the girls talked with the principal as well about the incident.

Styskal has resigned from Waverly High School.

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