Teacher at Omaha middle school accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student

Teacher at Omaha middle school accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old student
Amy Nowaczyk

A teacher at Omaha’s Morton Middle School performed oral sex on a 13-year-old student and allowed him to digitally penetrate her, a prosecutor said in court Friday.

Amy Nowaczyk, 25, was ordered held Friday on $375,000 bail after being charged with first-degree sexual assault of a child. She also has been charged with enticement by an electronic device.

Nowaczyk, who was hired as a social studies teacher at Morton in August 2015, was placed on administrative leave after officials learned she was accused of sending an inappropriate photo to the student and the two had engaged in a sexual act.

A prosecutor said Friday that Nowaczyk and the boy exchanged messages through Omaha Public Schools email, text message and via Snapchat.

The 13-year-old boy told investigators on Thursday that he received a photo from Nowaczyk months ago that showed her bare breasts and a watch that she consistently wears. The boy said the sexual contact occurred between Aug. 24 and Thursday.

Nowaczyk’s attorney, James Schaefer, said his client has no prior record. He said the allegations against her are serious and he’s going to look into them. He noted that she was going to get married in June.

Morton Principal Sherri Wehr sent an email home Friday to families alerting them to the arrest. She said administrators at the school, which is near Interstate 680 and Fort Street, are cooperating with police.

“While we cannot comment on personnel or student issues specifically, we wanted to share with you that we are taking these allegations very seriously,” Wehr wrote. “It is our practice to report any allegation of inappropriate contact with a student, regardless of whether it involves staff, fellow students, parents or community members. We report information to local law enforcement and to Child Protective Services.”

Wehr also said anyone with concerns about inappropriate behavior between staff members and students can report them directly to OPS’s human resources department or contact her.

On the Morton website, Nowaczyk said she taught Panther Success, a class that revolved around AVID study strategies and service learning. AVID, which stands for Advancement Via Individual Determination, is a college-readiness program with a focus on helping kids figure out good study skills and time management.

Nowaczyk’s teacher page also said she was a student council adviser at one point and graduated from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in May 2014. It also said she taught dance classes and was an NCAA Division I baseball scout for the University of Mississippi, University of North Carolina and Texas Christian University.