Ralston Teacher Accused of Assault
Sarah Te Slaa
Omaha, NE- A long-time teacher and trusted adult is now behind bars.
Ralston Police arrested 58 year-old Ralston Public School teacher, Nicholas Richter. He's charged with three counts of third degree sexual assault on a child. Richter is accused of inappropriately touching students.
Richter taught advanced math and English to elementary students at several schools including Seymour Elementary.
His alleged victims are three 9 and 10 year-old boys.
"I kind of just went numb there," says Rachel Seek, a Ralston parent. "I'm a little freaked out,"
The news of Richter's allegations comes as a shock to Seek. Her daughter, Alexandra, took advanced math classes from Richter at Seymour.
The 6th grader tells Action 3 News she liked Richter as a teacher and never felt uncomfortable around him.
"No, not really," says Alexandra. "He just seemed like a normal, fun teacher."
Ralston Police say they found out about the alleged abuse through Child Protective Services, but aren't releasing many details on the case.
"This is obviously a blow to the community and a blow to the school district," says Ron Murtaugh, the Ralston Police Chief.
After investigating, Murtaugh says police arrested Richter Thursday afternoon at the Ralston Public School District administration building.
Police aren't saying if the alleged incidents happened at Seymour Elementary or another school he taught at.
Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine does confirm the alleged incidents happened in the classroom.
"The allegations are from August 2010 to April of this year, so it happened over a series of times and several times to several different individuals," says Kleine.
"It bothers me. It really bothers me," says Seek.
Seek says she'll have a long talk with her daughter tonight.
The Ralston Public School District is on spring break Friday and Monday. District offices are closed and school officials could not be reached for comment.
Action 3 News has learned Richter retired from the Council Bluffs Public School District in 2008 after 32 years of teaching gifted and talented students.
Richter has his first court appearance Monday. He faces 15 years in prison.