Omaha teacher accused of student sexual assaults

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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Gregory Sedlacek, a first-grade teacher at Fontenelle Elementary School, is facing two counts of Sexual Assault of a Child.

Omaha Police say Sedlacek was arrested Monday, Dec. 3. Omaha Public School said he was removed from the classroom when the inappropriate behavior was reported on Nov. 20. He has been placed on leave.

Sedlacek faces two counts of First Degree Sexual Assault of a Child. Both counts are related to incidents involving the same 7-year-old girl.

The incident that led to the charges happened on a school playground, November 20th. It was witnessed and reported to the Child Protective Services hotline. Video of that incident, from an OPS camera, was then introduced and the investigation led to Sedlacek's arrest.

Police are now investigating whether there might have been incidents involving other children.

"We anticipate that there will be more victims and more charges to be filed coming up here in the next day or two," Lt. Tracy Scherer said.

Law enforcement is taking the investigation very seriously.

"We are going to be doing multiple interview in the next coming days, talking to witnesses both at the school and the students and trying to figure out how much further we can go with this investigation," Scherer said.

Project Harmony works closely with OPD involving cases with children and gave some advice for concerned parents.

"We tell parents, if something feels wrong in your gut, if something just feels off, you need to say something. 'Cause chances are it is," Colleen Roth said.

The following is a letter sent Monday evening from Fontenelle Principal Eric Nelson to parents of students:

Dear Fontenelle Elementary Parents and Guardians:

This evening, the Omaha Police Department arrested a Fontenelle Elementary first grade teacher for sexual assault of a child.

The teacher was placed on administrative leave following reported concerns of inappropriate contact with a student. Child Protective Services and law enforcement were alerted about the concerns and we’ve been actively cooperating with our partners in local law enforcement throughout this investigation.

We want our families to know we are taking these allegations very seriously.

Educators are required by law to report any allegation of inappropriate contact with a student regardless of whether an incident involves staff, fellow students, parents or community members. We report that information to local law enforcement and Child Protective Services immediately once we are made aware of a concern or allegation.

This investigation is ongoing, and the information we can share at this time is limited.

I would also like to take this opportunity to remind our staff and families that if you ever have a concern regarding inappropriate contact between staff members and students, you should report it immediately to the district by contacting our Human Resources Department at 531-299-9428 or by emailing: hrinfo@ops.org.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the school at (402) 457-5905.

Sincerely,

Eric Nelson, Principal
Fontenelle Elementary School