Feb 15, 2020 4:12 PM

Ex-school principal enters plea for failing to report abuse

Posted Feb 15, 2020 4:12 PM

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) - A former Omaha elementary school principal accused last year of not immediately reporting a teacher's suspected sexual abuse of students has pleaded no contest to failing to report child abuse.

Eric Nelson entered the plea Thursday in Douglas County District Court, television station KETV reported. Nelson was principal of Fontenelle Elementary School when prosecutors say he failed to report first-grade teacher Greg Sedlacek to authorities, even after seeing photos of Sedlacek sexually assaulting a student. State law requires educators to report suspected abuse of children.

Nelson was placed on leave following Sedlacek's arrest and resigned last June, about a month after Sedlacek pleaded guilty to three counts of child sex assault. Sedlacek is now serving a 50- to 100-year prison sentence.

Sedlacek was arrested in December 2018 after other teachers reported seeing him molest a 7-year-old girl on the school's playground. Other victims came forward, and prosecutors determined he had assaulted several 6- and 7-year-old girls who were students in his classes.

Nelson will be sentenced in April.

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Amid coronavirus fears, a second wave of flu hits US kids

NEW YORK (AP) — A second wave of flu is hitting the U.S., turning this into one of the nastiest seasons for children in a decade.

Health officials Friday said 92 flu-related deaths have already been reported in children.

Experts say it is potentially a bad time for an extended flu season, given concerns about the new coronavirus out of China.

If the coronavirus starts spreading in the U.S., there could be confusion about whether people are getting sick with it or the flu. But health officials are trying to use labs that test for flu to check for coronavirus, too.