An Omaha Public Schools middle school administrator will stand trial on charges that he sexually assaulted a girl who is now 15 years old.

Douglas County District Judge Marcena Hendrix ordered Todd Compton, 47, to stand trial on charges of first-degree sexual assault, which involves penetration, and third-degree sexual assault, which involves touching.

Compton, who is being held without bail, had served as a dean at Davis Middle School. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal case.

He faces new charges in addition to the sexual assault charges. Detectives found several photos on his phone, and he admitted to taking photos of the girl and another teen by sliding his phone under doors inside his Elkhorn-area home.

In the most serious case, Compton stands accused of first-degree sexual assault of a child in connection with events that took place two to three years ago, while the girl was in sixth grade. None of the events involves a student or former students at Davis Middle School.

The girl told Omaha police that during an impromptu massage, Compton rubbed his thumb on her “bikini zone and front zone” when she was 12 and in sixth grade, a detective testified. Asked if she was touched inside, she said “a little bit.”

Compton’s attorney, Joe Howard, argued that the teen’s description doesn’t amount to sexual assault.

“ ‘A little bit’ doesn’t equal penetration,” Howard said.

Hendrix rejected that argument, noting that the Nebraska Supreme Court has established that any penetration, no matter how slight, can constitute sexual assault.

Compton also has been charged with unlawful intrusion, a felony, after officers searched his phone and found “several photographs” of a different girl, a 17-year-old, “in a state of undress in the shower.”

In a sworn affidavit, an Omaha police officer said the photos of the 17-year-old had been taken by sliding the phone underneath a bathroom door at Compton’s house.

Compton also faces a count of misdemeanor intrusion in connection with photos of the 15-year-old girl, partially undressed.

In March of this year, the 15-year-old and a friend were in her bedroom, having a sleepover, when they spotted a phone slide under her closed bedroom door four times.

The girl opened the door and found Compton lying in the hallway, acting like he was asleep.

A couple of years earlier, when she was in the sixth grade, Compton hopped on the couch where she was lying, the girl told investigators. He massaged her feet and then began to slide his hand up her legs and into her bikini zone, according to testimony Wednesday.

“She said she has woke up many times to him standing over her, watching her sleep,” Omaha Police Detective Marissa Boyce said at Compton’s preliminary hearing.

Boyce said Compton initially denied sliding his phone under the bedroom door. Then Boyce told him that the 15-year-old girl had taken a video of the phone sliding under the door four times.

At that point, Compton admitted to sliding the phone under the bedroom door. He denied sliding the phone under any bathroom door.

Howard suggested that the 15-year-old girl had had her phone taken away from her.

Compton told police that he slid the phone under the bedroom door because he wanted to catch the girl improperly using a cellphone when she wasn’t supposed to be.

Howard said the 17-year-old girl was behind the frosted glass of a shower in photos found on Compton’s cellphone.

Compton’s neighbor, Jessica Saldivar, testified that she had a conversation with the 15-year-old girl after Compton’s arrest.

“I didn’t want him to go to jail,” the girl said, according to Saldivar. “I just wanted him out of the house.”

Prosecutor Josh Baumann, a deputy Douglas County attorney, asked Saldivar if she asked why the girl wanted him out of the house.

“ ‘Because he touched me,’ ” she said, according to Saldivar.

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Todd Cooper covers courts, lawyers, trials, legal issues, the justice system and government wrongdoing for The World-Herald. Follow him on Twitter @CooperonCourts. Phone: 402-444-1275.

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