A first-year Lincoln middle school teacher has been charged with having sex with one of his students at a Lincoln residence.
22-year-old Jackson Hedrick has been arraigned on a charge of first-degree sexual assault and enticing by an electronic device.
Lincoln Police Department spokeswoman, Katie Flood, says Hedrick was first accused of enticing the student with electronic communication.
“The allegations included private messaging, sexual contact and furnishing the minor with alcohol,” Flood tells Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN. “Investigators reviewed messages sent between the two and found texts that were indecent, lewd and sexual in nature.”
The school district says another student brought the accusations to the attention of a social worker at another school, who then informed district officials.
Hedrick, a social studies teacher at Irving Middle School, is accused of having sex with the 14-year-old girl at a Lincoln residence. Lincoln police arrested Hedrick on Tuesday.
The Lincoln Public School District has placed Hedrick on paid administrative leave.
Superintendent Steve Joel says the situation is disturbing for both students and faculty.
“When something like this happens, it’s horrible,” Joel tells reporters during a news conference. “If there’s something that keeps us awake at night, it’s when a child feels unsafe or is being bullied or, in this case, something much worse.”
Investigators reviewed messages sent between the two and found texts that were indecent, lewd and sexual in nature, according to the department.
Lincoln police say the investigation is ongoing. The name of the student is not being released.
KLIN contributed to this report.