Assault suspect passed background check for teaching job

OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) -- With Greg Sedlacek facing charges of sexually assaulting a child, questions arise about the background checks that allowed him to pursue a career as a teacher.

In this case, the Omaha Public School District followed hiring procedure and he checked out fine.

We talked with OPS officials Thursday and they walked us through how they get background on potential teachers.

It starts with a criminal check at three levels: local, state, and national.

OPS also checks child and adult abuse registries and the national sex offender registry. In this case, Sedlacek wasn't convicted of any crimes so his name didn't raise and red flags.

OPS also said that references play a role in determining if they will hire an applicant.

They told us that all applicants have references checked using an anonymous online reference survey. Because names aren't made known there is an opportunity for the references to be open and honest.

We asked OPS to confirm that Gregory Sedlacek's references were checked prior to his hiring at Fontenelle Elementary School and they did confirm he went through the reference-checking process.

We spoke to an employment attorney and he said a lot of organizations won't share concerns about a former employee out of fear of being sued.