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Details emerge about case against former Centennial superintendent

Details emerge about case against former Centennial superintendent

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Tim DeWaard

SEWARD – In a complaint recently filed by the Seward County Attorney's office, more details emerged about the case against former Centennial Public Schools Superintendent Tim DeWaard.

DeWaard resigned last July after allegations surfaced about an inappropriate relationship with a teenager at the school.

He was scheduled to have his first court appearance this week, in which he is formally charged with felony child abuse.

Seward County Attorney Wendy Elston alleges DeWaard had knowingly or intentionally caused or permitted a minor child to be placed in a situation that endangered the child's life or physical or mental health.

The charge carries a possible sentence of up to three years' imprisonment if he's convicted.

DeWaard, 56, was arrested July 13 on suspicion of child abuse and third-degree sexual assault, but Elston filed only the child abuse charge.

He has been out of jail on a $50,000 bond.

In the affidavit for DeWaard's arrest, Deputy Seward County Sheriff Lisa Borges said a teenage boy came forward alleging that what started as innocent conversations on Snapchat had turned into locked-door meetings in DeWaard's office, where DeWaard allegedly had the boy sit on his lap, embraced him and touched his inner thigh over his clothes.

"The victim felt he had to do this or he would fail out of school," Borges said.

She said the boy alleged it went on for several months.

Centennial superintendent resigns following his arrest.

The accuser allegedly told deputies that DeWaard had asked him for a topless photo in a call July 6 and allegedly said he had thoughts of touching the boy inappropriately.

DeWaard was interviewed and arrested a week later, then resigned.

He had been the superintendent at the school in Utica since 2007. He also served as a school administrator at Eustis-Farnam, Valentine and Tri County schools before that.

Editor's note: This story was derived from court documents and information from the Lincoln Journal Star

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