An Omaha principal accused of failing to report a teacher’s sexual abuse has resigned, an Omaha Public Schools spokeswoman said.

The Omaha school board voted Monday night to end the pay and benefits for Eric Nelson, principal of Fontenelle Elementary School, effective July 31.

Nelson, 49, was placed on leave in December, a week after the arrest of former first-grade teacher Gregory Sedlacek.

Nelson is facing a felony child abuse charge in Douglas County District Court. Prosecutors allege that Nelson failed to report Sedlacek’s suspicious behavior to authorities.

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Last month, Sedlacek pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting three students at Fontenelle, 3905 N. 52nd St. He was accused of sexually assaulting a total of six students, but prosecutors dropped additional charges in return for his guilty pleas.

Sedlacek will be sentenced in July.

Matthew Burns, Nelson’s attorney, has said the charge against his client is “overzealous” and he questioned why the teachers who saw the abuse didn’t call law enforcement or Child Protective Services themselves.

Nelson and other district officials have offered conflicting accounts of when Sedlacek’s behavior was reported.

Nelson joined the district in 1997 as a teacher. He became principal of Fontenelle in August 2011.

OPS Superintendent Cheryl Logan informed the school board last month that Heather Rogers, the current principal at Gardiner Elementary in the Wichita (Kansas) Public Schools, will be the new principal at Fontenelle.

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Emily covers K-12 education, including Omaha Public Schools. Previously, Emily covered local government and the Nebraska Legislature for The World-Herald. Follow her on Twitter @emily_nitcher. Phone: 402-444-1192.

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