A first-grade teacher who has been charged with two counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child gave detectives a list of several other girls he had touched inappropriately, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Gregory Sedlacek, 30, was ordered held without bail during his first appearance in court Wednesday morning.
Sedlacek was arrested Monday after other teachers at Fontenelle Elementary School contacted the Nebraska child abuse hotline on Nov. 20. Two teachers said they saw “inappropriate contact” that day between Sedlacek and a first-grade girl on the school playground, Omaha police have said.
Prosecutor Eric Fabian said Wednesday that the teachers saw Sedlacek touching the 7-year-old girl’s buttocks and legs under her skirt and that the girl sat on his lap at the bottom of a slide.
Sedlacek was placed on administrative leave that day, an Omaha Public Schools official said. The district told the Omaha Police Department on Nov. 27 that there was security video of the contact, and police officials interviewed the girl after they saw what they considered potentially criminal conduct on the video.
The girl told police that she saw Sedlacek touch other girls, Fabian said.
Project Harmony, which has advised adults to talk to their children about potential abuse, offers helpful strategies when talking with children about such issues.
Sedlacek told investigators that he was sexually attracted to young girls, Fabian said. Based on interviews with him and the girl, authorities anticipate other assault reports. Omaha Police Lt. Tracy Scherer said Wednesday afternoon that investigators have fielded additional calls but are still working to determine whether there are other victims.
Fabian said Sedlacek listed other girls he said he had touched inappropriately at a school on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, on the Nebraska-South Dakota border, and at Omaha’s Sacred Heart Catholic School. Investigators are checking his claims and connections to those schools. The Archdiocese of Omaha said Sedlacek never was employed at Sacred Heart. He was, however, a volunteer at Holy Name School, according to the Archdiocese. Officials with the school in Pine Ridge could not be reached Wednesday.
Sedlacek had taught at Fontenelle, at 3905 N. 52nd St., for three years.
Parents or guardians with children who have concerns that their children may have been abused can call police or the Nebraska child abuse hotline at 1-800-652-1999.
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