BEATRICE – A former paraeducator for Beatrice Public Schools Wednesday pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor charges as a result of an inappropriate relationship with a 14-year-old student, early this year.
29-year-old Casey Schaefer, of DeWitt, entered the admissions as part of a plea agreement in the case, before Gage County District Judge Rick Schreiner.
Schaefer pleaded guilty to charges of negligent child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. A felony count of enticement by electronic device was dismissed as part of the agreement.
Chief Deputy Gage County Attorney Amanda Spracklen-Hogan said the charges were the result of a January 25th investigation by Beatrice Police of the inappropriate relationship with the 14-year-old Schaefer had worked with.
"Officers obtained search warrants for their social media based on reports that did reveal inappropriate contact between the two, including touching hands and sitting by each other....in addition to discussions about loving one another. Most of the misconduct was dealt with between social media applications and texts, and some videos. But, the investigation did not reveal any nudity or pornography. When Ms. Schaefer was interviewed, she did admit to crossing the line, but never in a sexual manner."
Schaefer’s employment with the Beatrice Public Schools was terminated during the investigation.
District Judge Schreiner ordered a pre-sentence investigation in the case, including a psychological evaluation. Sentencing is scheduled for November 3rd, in district court.