Former Centennial superintendent
makes first appearance on
Child Abuse charge
LINCOLN, NE – A former superintendent of Centennial Public Schools accused of inappropriate contact with a student made his first court appearance Wednesday.
Timothy DeWaard, 56, is charged with felony child abuse.
DeWaard resigned in July after being arrested on sexual assault of a child and child abuse charges after law enforcement received a tip regarding the alleged abuse of a high school-aged student.
Investigators said in an affidavit for his arrest that DeWaard began talking with the male student over the Snapchat app. The talks escalated to DeWaard bringing the student into his office on multiple occasions and having him sit on his lap while he helped him with his school work, investigators wrote. DeWaard also touched the boy’s inner thighs, according to the document.
The incidents took place over several months, with the alleged victim telling investigators he “felt he had to do this or he would fail out of school,” according to court documents.
Deputies with the Seward County Sheriff’s Office arrested DeWaard without incident at the school. He was released after his wife paid five percent of his $50,000 bond.
DeWaard’s next hearing is scheduled for November.