The former Omaha middle school teacher accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl stated he "loved" the girl and showed no remorse, a prosecutor said at the man's court appearance Thursday.
A judge denied bail to Brian P. Robeson, 35, the former Alfonza W. Davis Middle School math teacher who’s been charged with two counts of sexual assault against a juvenile. Each of the felony counts carries a potential sentence of 20 years to life.
Contact between Robeson and the girl started in 2014, when she was 12, said Joshua T. Zarse, a deputy prosecutor for the Douglas County Attorney’s Office, during Robeson’s court appearance at the Douglas County Jail.
The girl, identified by police as a former student, is now 14.
The two began to have sex when the girl was 13, Zarse said; they had sex several times, including in a car and at the girl’s house.
The alleged abuse was exposed when Robeson was discovered entering the girl’s home, Zarse said.
Police were first notified Monday of allegations that Robeson had an ongoing sexual relationship with a former student. The girl, her parents and Robeson were interviewed by police Tuesday, and he was arrested shortly after and booked into the Douglas County Jail.
The arrest of Robeson, a well-liked teacher who taught for 13 years in the Omaha Public Schools, hit the school community hard. On Wednesday, OPS announced that Robeson was no longer employed by the district. Letters were sent to Davis families and staff.
Douglas County Judge Thomas Harmon barred Robeson from contacting the girl or her family. Robeson, who spoke little at the hearing, waived a preliminary hearing and a public defender was appointed to represent him.
A woman who attended the court appearance and identified herself as Robeson’s sister declined to speak with reporters.
Robeson’s wife, who filed for divorce in October, also attended.
The couple have two young children. The divorce is not connected to the case against Robeson, the wife’s attorney said.
“It was completely unrelated to this,” attorney Ben Maxell said. “(She) had no knowledge whatsoever of this situation.”
Upon hearing news of Robeson’s arrest, Maxell said, she was “devastated, shocked, betrayed. I think it’s all still pretty surreal for her.”
She intends to seek sole custody of their children, her attorney said.
Staff writer Alia Conley contributed to this report.
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