Former Beatrice Public Schools paraeducator charged with enticement

BEATRICE – A paraeducator dismissed by Beatrice Public Schools for alleged inappropriate contact with a student, has now been formally charged.

28-year-old Casey Schaefer, of DeWitt is charged with two felonies, enticement by electronic device and negligent child abuse.  She also faces a misdemeanor charge of contributing to the delinquency of a child.

Schaefer waived her right to a preliminary hearing in Gage County Court, on Tuesday.   Retired County Judge Alan Brodbeck ordered Schaefer to appear for arraignment in Gage County District Court, May 5th (9am). 

Schaefer has posted ten-percent of a $25,000 bond and is not in custody.  The Gage County Attorney alleges that the violations occurred January 27th, with the alleged victim, a 14-year-old child. 

Police made the arrest of Schaefer after receiving a report about social media messages between the suspect and the 14-year-old male.  Lieutenant Jay Murphy said Schaefer was on the school staff at Paddock Lane Elementary School.

Police believe the social media communications had been going on for a couple of months.  They were tipped off to the matter when they were provided with evidence of phone messages and screen shots.  She was terminated from her job with Beatrice Public Schools.