Authorities detail investigation of Norris teacher accused of sexual abuse

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office has provided more details on the arrest of a teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a student.

On Friday, 23-year-old Lillie Bowman – a former teacher at Norris High School – was pulled out of class and arrested on suspicion of sexual abuse by a school employee.

Chief Deputy Ben Houchin said Monday that “concerned parents” had led deputies to investigate the relationship between Bowman and a male student.

They were not the boy’s parents, Houchin said.

Deputies later served a search warrant at Bowman’s apartment, where they found “evidence of the crime,” according to Houchin.

The school district’s superintendent, Brian Maschmann, released a statement regarding the arrest on Friday:

“This morning, Norris School District 160 was informed by law enforcement that a teacher was arrested. The teacher was immediately removed from the classroom once the district received communication and will not return. The District continues to work very closely with law enforcement to gather information, assist with their investigation, and ensure student safety. At this time, the District wishes to reaffirm to its students, parents, and community members that student safety remains, without question, our highest priority.”

In an affidavit, authorities allege that Bowman had sex with the student about 10 times.

Her bond was set at $50,000. She must pay 10% of that — $5,000 — to be released.

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