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DUBUQUE (KWWL) -- Court documents detail a high school student's claims of getting drugs and alcohol from and having sex with Dubuque Hempstead High School Assistant Principal Shane Oswald.

Oswald appeared in court this morning via closed circuit video.  He is charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee, distributing a controlled substance (Hydrocodone) to a minor, and providing alcohol to a minor.

The judge set Oswald's bond at $50,000 cash or surety.  They also ordered him to turn over his passport.

In court documents, the victim is listed with initials only, but is a 17-year-old female.  The girl's mother contacted police after the girl's ex-boyfriend text messaged her mother about an alleged relationship between Oswald and the girl.

The girl told police she met Oswald as a freshman at Hempstead, and he gave her his personal cell phone number to call "with any problems she was having at home".

She said she texted him over the next three years.  She told police the summer before her senior year Oswald was texting her "wanting to have sex with her".

She told police the first time they had sex was at his home while his wife was in the hospital after surgery.  She recounted several other times over several months in which he let her in a basement window, and the two would have sex in the basement while his family slept upstairs.

The girl alleges they would drink beer or whiskey at his home before having sex.  She also told police he gave her Hydrocodone pills in his office at Hempstead.  She said he gave her three pills 10 to 15 times in the office, and she would return to class after taking the pills.

Police began investigating the allegations in the beginning of December and say they are confident in their case.

"In some cases, students may become upset with teachers, faculty members, and may make false allegations. That's why we take these allegations very seriously, investigate them very thouroughly and we wouldn't proceed with criminal charges if we didn't feel there was sufficient probable cause to do so. In this case, we do feel there is sufficient probable cause," Dubuque Police Lt. Scott Baxter said.

 

Oswald allegedly bought a one-way ticket to the Bahamas and left a suicide note for his wife and kids last week.  He was questioned by authorities in Miami at the airport.

In court, Judge Randall Nigg spoke of Oswald's diagnosis of bipolar disorder.  Oswald told the judge he suffered a manic break last week when he left.  He says he spent five days in a mental health hospital.  He said he is prepared to cooperate with the court and police and will not leave.

"I had a manic break that week.  I've been on medication... which I've not been able to take since I've been incarcerated.  I have no intention of fleeing.  I'm more than willing to stay in town," Oswald told the judge.

Oswald is scheduled to appear in court next Wednesday, Feb. 3.

The Dubuque Community School District placed Oswald on administrative leave on Jan. 11.  In a statement, Superintendent Larie Godinez said, "The district is working with its attorney and will take all appropriate action upon completion of the process."

Online Reporter:  Jamie Grey

 

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