Fontenelle Teacher Accused of Sexually Abusing Student
A first-grade teacher from Fontenelle Elementary School was arrested on Monday, December 3 for sexual assault of a child. According to a statement from Omaha Public Schools, 30-year-old Gregory Sedlacek was placed on administrative leave after reports of inappropriate contact with a student. Police say that the victim is a 7-year-old female student.
Omaha Public Schools released a statement Monday night letting parents know about the arrest. In that statement, Fontenelle Elementary School principal Eric Nelson said that the school and district are cooperating with the investigation.
An investigation is ongoing.
Legal Options For Survivors of School Sexual Abuse
Attorney contributor Brian Kent of AbuseGuardian.com helps survivors of child sexual abuse and sexual assault find justice and financial support in civil lawsuits. We’ve asked him to contribute some info on how the legal system can help survivors of school sexual abuse find justice:
Many sexual predators target victims who are close to them. This explains why we so often see sexual predators who work with kids, such as teachers, coaches, and youth organization leaders. These predators use their positions of trust and authority as a way to prey on innocent children. When a child is sexually abused by a school employee, we must make sure that the perpetrator is criminally prosecuted and that the school is held liable if their negligence played a role in the abuse.
For example, a school could be considered negligent for failing to run a background check before hiring a new employee or failing to report allegations of sexual misconduct to the police.
In cases involving negligence, the victims and their families may have grounds for a lawsuit against the school. If you or a loved one has been sexually abused by a school employee, consider speaking to an experienced sexual abuse survivors lawyer about your legal options.