Three Maxwell Teachers Fail To Report Child Abuse

Posted 2 years ago

By Administrator

The Nebraska State Patrol in conjunction with the Lincoln County Attorney’s Office and the State Health and Human Services Department is conducting an ongoing investigation into allegations of sexual assault of students attending Maxwell High School in Maxwell, Neb.

The ongoing investigation began in April 2012 after the Nebraska State Patrol was made aware of allegations of the sexual assault of a student involved in the Maxwell High School wrestling program. The investigation led to several more potential victims of alleged sexual assault.

On Tuesday, Sept. 4, investigators with the Nebraska State Patrol cited and released three members of the Maxwell Public Schools for Failure to Make a Report of Child Abuse or Neglect, a Class III Misdemeanor.

Three Maxwell Public Schools officials on suspicion of failure to make a report of child abuse. Cited were superintendent Danny Twarling, high school principal Aubrey Boucher and wrestling coach Ryan Jones.

An affidavit filed by a State Patrol investigator says the case began with reports of an underage wrestling team member being held down by other team members and sodomized with a soda bottle and, on another occasion, being groped on a school bus. The investigator says the three school officials knew of the accusations, but did not report them to authorities.

“This remains a very active investigation,” said Lt. Lynn Williams, Troop D- North Platte. “There is potential for more victims and additional arrests or citations.”

Anyone with information that might aid in the investigation is asked to contact the Troop D Headquarters at 308-535-8047.


  • citizen

    i think the name of the perpetrator should be posted.

    Current score: 3
  • citizen2oo

    They do not name anyone under 18. Have to wait till he turns 19, shouldn’t be long.

    Current score: 0
  • Peter Drilingsworth

    So you’re saying you know who the perp is? Saying the perp is a student? Details Citizen-

    Current score: 1
  • Joe Paterno’s Ghost

    Honest, I had nothing to do with this one.

    Current score: 0
  • Fake Jerry Sandusky

    I have an alibi. I was with R. Kelly.

    Current score: 0
  • sumting wong here

    bull caca if they were aware this was happening they should have had the law involved from the begining, but they will get a slap on the wrist and carrie on,, i hope this enrages enough others to see them fired and possibly sued,

    Current score: 4
    • Fake Jerry Sandusky

      Great answer. I assume by “fired and sued” you mean “fired and sent to prison”, right?

      Current score: 2
  • Concerned

    Cited and released ?? So another words it’s no big deal they knew this was going on??? Just by them not getting thrown in jail just shows that nothing will happen to them!! These people are sick and they are just as guilty!!! If kids can’t turn to teachers and school members than how are they suppose to trust anyone!

    Current score: 5
  • nunya

    My son goes to this school and this is how I have to find out about a kid or kids being touched. Fire every one of the teachers at that school. They don’t care about the kids. They just want to sit around and gossip and lie to parents. I hope every person involved with this goes to jail and get the hell sued out of them and I hope the school itself gets sued. They better hope my kid wasn’t involved.

    Current score: 5
  • Grace

    What really happened?

    Current score: 0
  • tired-of-it

    All 3 and any others who knew about this should be immediately terminated! Not only are they mandated by law to report any suspicions of any abuse they are obligated by morals. One of the rquirements of a school is to provide a ‘SAFE and SECURE learning environment.’ These people have failed, horribly. If it was a minor doing the abusing…immediate action should have been taken as this student posed as much of a danger as one who brought a gun to school. If it was a staff…again, immediate action. Did these people learn anything from the Penn State situation? Their refusal to take proper action and provide protection for those youth under their care makes them as guilty as the abuser. This poor kid or kids were first abused and then ignored! SHAME on you !!! What else have you turned a blind eye to?

    Current score: 13
  • ralph mouth

    Twarling isn’t he the principal or something? Also why are they just charged with child abuse when there is a sexual assault involved?

    Current score: 0
  • Garrison

    So they’re already guilty and hung out to dry here?

    Current score: 1
  • concerned

    My kids went to Maxwell and I know Aub and Ryan. I find it hard to believe either of them would willfully withhold this type of information from the authorities. I may be wrong but the truth will hopefully come out in the end. It is a shame though that the school now has this huge black eye. No matter what the outcome in this situation is the public will never forget this. My kids were happy while attending Maxwell and I believe they received a good education there.

    Current score: 3
  • sumting wong here

    so don’t they have bus parents any more??? or chaperones why did no one else report this? id be furious if i was a parent there, i know there’s budget cuts but theres also a thing called volunteering I’d Say if your a parent at any school maybe you better get more involved,,,,

    Current score: 1
  • mommy-2-five

    My children attend this school. And I have heard 2 sides of this story. Everyone is assuming it was an episode between adult & child & it was not. It was a student(s) doing an act to another student. Now do I know if the adults knew? I don’t. I do know I have not liked Boucher since day one & if by next year this is not resolved I will have to pull my children out of the school because I DO NOT LIKE THIS MAN! If it is found the 3 adults DID IN FACT sweep these incidents under the rug, then I fully agree they should take what is coming to them. But since these young men took it upon themselves & one graduated last year & nothing has been done to punish these boys yet, I doubt anything will happen. All parties involved are guilty, and the boy who graduated why is he not being brought into this, he should be of age by now & from what I heard was the ring leader of this group of young men.

    Current score: 9
  • http://nppost tax-payer

    test

    Current score: 0
  • 4children

    So sad we have failed children again. High schoolers need protection as much as younger children. When Mr. Twarling was at our school district we saw many instances of lack of discipline and “looking the other way” especially when misbehavior involved athletes or influential families. Please error on the side of protecting children instead of preserving the reputations of adults. Anything of this nature should be turned over to the proper authorities. Let those trained in these matters determine the facts.

    Current score: 2
  • ….

    It is tough and also premature to comment without knowing the story so I am not to take sides on this issue. However I will say that I am a graduate of Maxwell highschool, and like any other school there is good bad and ugly. I recieved an excellent education from the school, However at the same time there were allot of issues and reservations I had. The teaching staff was great and passionate, ( although a few have moved on since my time) Mr. Hervert was an admirable administrator (he retired and Mr Twarling took his place) I got along with Mr Boucher but he definatly had/s his favorites and they did reciever better treatment and his priorities have never been in line (sports over education). But I will confirm to this, that this is not the first time that something has been covered up at that school. I can attest that there has been abuse that has been swept under the rug before, nothing of a perverted nature to my knowledge. but there are a lot of things that went on that parents did not know about. But for the sake of the students and the educators that teach with passion; dont bring down a whole good cause for the actions of a few.

    Current score: 4
    • Really!

      There has been other abuse and great people of Maxwell Schools (students & teachers) look the other way? But you don’t want people to judge you or put your school down. What ever happen to leading by example? What is wrong with the morals of this school that you keep looking the other way? Maybe if someone would have reported the first abuse that got swept under the rug, it wouldn’t have escalated to the incident as sever as this one. Shame on any current/former teacher or student, who knows that it has happened before but looked the other way. You are saying its okay to act this way as long as no one finds out? We don’t want to bring the Maxwell Schools down. Anyone who knew about this incident or any other incident brought Maxwell Schools down.

      Current score: 6
      • ….

        perhaps it is possible that students had reported this to adults / authorities and the students were told to mind there own business and that the principal was taking care of this?

        Please dont be haste to make judgement if you were not a part of these events.

        Current score: 0
        • Really!

          If I have witnessed my fellow students getting abuse on more then one occasion. I would not continue to report it to school officials who obviously are so “passionate” that they don’t have time to do the right thing and report it to the authorities. I would quit telling the “passionate” staff and tell the authorities myself. There is no good excuse to continue to look the other way. Not once, twice or every other time this abuse has happened. It could have been stopped and the school failed. Next you are going to tell me Joe Paterno never did anything wrong by failing to report abuse at Penn State. Ridiculous!

          Current score: 4
          • ….

            Really, Let me try and see it your way:

            Its not the administrators that should be at fault, We should be blaming the victims friends and fellow students who did not make a public anouncements about what was happening to their piers. Them didnt rotten children. they should be abolished for not letting us dig our noses into this sooner. let us burn down the whole institution with every man woman and child inside cause they are ALL VERY MUCH at fault.

            Current score: 0
  • Really!

    Actually I didn’t say that at all. I didn’t say children should tell their piers. I said children and in this case teenagers who know right from wrong should tell their parents this stuff is going on. Or tell Lincoln county sheriff’s department. Hey kids are getting abused at our school and no one is doing anything about it.

    Current score: 0
    • Really!

      But you are right we don’t want to make the school look bad. So lets just keep quiet til someone else gets hurt.

      Current score: 0
  • Concerned Parents

    Lets start from what we heard in the beginning! Ryan Jones did report it to upper Aubrey Boucher, but nothing was done about it. How can Aubrey do something about it, when its one of his little card playing/beer drinking buddies son who was the ring leader. And who’s parents are also on the school board. So of course this is going to get swept under the rug. (Good ol boy system) hell the kid even got voted male athlete of the year after all of this and they had no shame of handing him the award. (SICK) There were several parents who called the school with concerns and students who went to Aubrey and he told them that they were liars and to drop it. So what example does this show our children? Some parents have already got smart and pulled there kids from the school because of this particular incident and I hope there’s a lot more. They the students who did it and the faculty involved should be held accountable. (2 Seniors and 1 Freshman in college) The Freshman in college is going to college to be a teacher. SICK SICK SICK! Would you want this individual teaching your child? NOT! He should lose his scholarship. The other 2 students shouldn’t be able to participate in ANY sports the rest of there high school career.

    Current score: 12
  • Concerned Parents

    Further more. EVERY individual involved who participated in this sick wrong doing. Should be charged with sexual assault of a minor. And the faculty should be charged with more then a misdemeanor for not pursuing this further until the doer’s were held accountable.

    Id be hiding under a rock to if I was you!

    Current score: 11
  • tired-of-it

    From the Nebraska Department of Education- Code of Professional Ethics Chapter 27

    003.02B Shall not commit any crime involving moral turpitude or any felony under the laws
    of the United States or any state or territory, and shall not have a misdemeanor conviction
    involving abuse, neglect, or sexual misconduct as defined in Sections 003.12 through 003.14
    of 92 NAC 21.
    004.02C Shall not use coercive means, or promise or provide special treatment to students,colleagues, school patrons, or school board members in order to influence professional decisions.
    004.02D Shall not make any fraudulent statement or fail to disclose a material fact for which the educator is responsible.

    004.02E Shall not exploit professional relationships with students, colleagues, parents,
    school patrons, or school board members for personal gain or private advantage.

    For more you can go to

    http://www.education.ne.gov/legal/webrulespdf/RULE27FINAL.pdf

    As parents or guardians of children within NE schools, we should have some knowledge of the information within this document. You can address your concerns to the NDE and by pass the local board in hopes of avoiding the ‘relationship’ of board memebers to those involved.

    Remember that school employees are our employees. It is our tax dollars that pay their wages. All too often they forget that fact. So, as responsible employers, it is our job to keep tabs on our employees and weed out those who are non-productive or an outright danger to the success of our product…which just happens to be our children.

    “All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”
    Edmund Burke

    Current score: 5
  • Concerned Parents

    Then we should address the NBE! Enough is enough. This did happen and the perps and faculty should be held accountable.

    Current score: 2
  • upsetfan

    So its ok for someone else who is highly involved in this to be on the side lines slapping the boys on their ass during the football game really???

    Current score: 0
  • sumting wong here

    Well good job Maxwell you made FOX news,,, now do whats right

    Current score: 1
  • Concerned Parents

    Its to bad the young man this happened to wouldn’t press charges. He’s scared and doesn’t want anyone to get in trouble. Why cant his parents file charges on the individuals who did this shameless and sickening act. The victim has NO idea how much support he has and would have from loved ones and the public in general. Us as parents try to raise our children in safe environments to keep them from acts just like this one. But for the adults involved are parents themselves. What the hell would they do if it was one of there own this happened to? Maxwell is way to small for kids to not talk. Heck pretty much the whole wrestling team witnessed it. Cant they fill out affidavits againts the doers if the victim doesn’t want to pursue charges. (Because he’s scared or who knows been threatened) Bottom line is the doer’s need to be held accountable and should NOT get away with this.

    Current score: 9