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Principal charged in teacher’s sex abuse case resigns post

June 6, 2019

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — An Omaha principal accused of not immediately reporting a teacher’s suspected sexual abuse of three students has quit his job.

The Omaha World-Herald reports that the Omaha school board voted Monday night to end the pay and benefits on July 31 for 49-year-old Eric Nelson, who’d been principal at Fontenelle Elementary School. One of his teachers, Greg Sedlacek, pleaded guilty May 6 to three counts of sexual assault of a child. Nelson was placed on leave after Sedlacek’s arrest.

Nelson’s been charged with felony intentional child abuse, no injury. State law requires educators to report suspected abuse of children. Matthew Burns is Nelson’s attorney, and he’s said the charge against his client is “overzealous” and questioned why the teachers who saw the abuse didn’t call law enforcement or Child Protective Services themselves.

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Information from: Omaha World-Herald, http://www.omaha.com