A Ralston teacher accused of inappropriately touching three students will continue to be held on $2 million bail.
Douglas County Judge Marcela Keim upheld the bail amount set this weekend by another judge and scheduled a preliminary hearing for May 8.
To be released, Nicholas Richter, 58, must pay 10 percent of the bail amount — $200,000. He faces three counts of third-degree sexual assault of a child.
Renee Mathias, an assistant county attorney, said Richter had three boys, all 9 or 10 years old, sit on his lap and fondled them over their clothes while he worked at Ralston's Seymour Elementary School.
Two of the boys reported being groped in the groin area and the third victim said he was touched in the chest area, Mathias said. Richter then allegedly gave the students candy.
Defense attorney Joseph Howard told the judge that his client denies the charges.
“He's never, ever been in trouble before, and there have never been any allegations like this before,” Howard said. “He and his wife will fight this.”
Authorities said Richter taught high-ability learners in math and English in the Ralston Public Schools. He came to Seymour Elementary School after 32 years with the Council Bluffs Community School District.
Diane Ostrowski, a spokeswoman for the Bluffs district, said the district received no allegations of wrongdoing by Richter while he was employed or since.
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