The principal of an Omaha Public Schools elementary school was arrested Friday, accused of failing to report suspicious behavior by a teacher, authorities said.
That teacher was arrested and charged in December. He is accused of sexually assaulting six students.
Eric Nelson, 48, was arrested and booked into the Douglas County jail on Friday on suspicion of felony child abuse and neglect, police said.
Nelson is the principal of Fontenelle Elementary School, 3905 N. 52nd St.
Nelson was placed on leave in December, a week after the arrest of former first-grade teacher Gregory Sedlacek.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine said Friday that teachers had informed Nelson of troubling behavior by Sedlacek, but Nelson failed to report it.
“His charge stems from his not reporting,” Kleine said Friday afternoon.
Another person ended up reporting Sedlacek to authorities, Kleine said.
Kleine said officials are required to inform authorities in such cases, especially when the alleged perpetrator still has access to children.
“I don’t understand what his thought process was,” Kleine said of Nelson.
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Kleine said school officials must report suspicious behavior immediately “and let the