Fontenelle teacher put on administrative leave

Tyvon Smith, In-Depth Editor

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During the 2018-2019 school year, Omaha Public Schools has had a staff member be put on administrative leave with a pending investigation on sexually violating children on the job.

The Omaha World Herald reported that Gregory Sedlacek, former first grade OPS teacher at Fontenelle Elementary School, handed over a list of little girls he inappropriately touched to detectives behind the situation.

Adrianna Burns-Plater, senior at Omaha North, has two younger siblings that attends OPS elementary schools.

”I feel like school should be a safe space where everybody can feel safe,” Burns-Plater continued, “not having to worry about being sexually assaulted at school.”

The consequence of Sedlacek at this point was charged with six counts of first-degree sexual assault of a child, and one count of third-degree sexual assault of a child.

“Teachers who are sexual predators should be laid off from their job, blacklisted, and locked up,” Burns-Plater said.

Sedlacek is being held without bail. If found guilty, he could face up to 120 years in prison.

“Cameras should be the way to assure parents the safety of their children, to have something to look back on,” Burns-Plater said.

According to Omaha World Herald, in December 2018, the OPS board terminated Sedlacek from his teaching position.

“They should not be free men or be able to work with children ever again,” BurnsPlater said.

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