Former Kearney teacher gets prison time in sexual assault of student


    A former Kearney Northeast Elementary teacher will serve time in prison after being convicted of sexually assaulting a student back in the mid-1990s.

    Judge Mark Kozisek sentenced Eldon D. Haas, 65, of Valentine, to 20 to 60 months in prison with credit for 77 days served on one charge of third-degree sexual assault of a child. He was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

    Court documents say he must serve at least 10 months in prison before being eligible for parole.

    According to Cherry County court documents, the victim said the assault happened between July 4, 1994, and July 4, 1996, when the victim was 11 or 12 years old.

    Haas was the student's fifth grade teacher, and the victim said Haas took him on a trip to Haas's parents' house in Valentine.

    The victim said Haas spilled water onto the victim's bed so he'd have to sleep with him, according to court documents.

    Haas then put his hand down the victim's clothing and touched his genitals.

    When an investigator with the Nebraska Attorney General's Office interviewed Haas on Aug. 23, 2017, Haas admitted that the boy had slept in his bed. When he was asked if he touched the boy, Haas said that if the victim said it happened, it probably did.

    There is no statute of limitations preventing prosecution for crimes involving a sexual assault of a child.

    Haas was employed by Kearney Public Schools from 1976 - 2012.

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