According to a Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office police report, on Friday, Jeanae Paige, 22, of Jacksonville was working as a cashier when she was approached by a black male who handed her a Walmart money card.
Police said Paige put $818 on the card, but video surveillance showed the man did not hand over any cash in exchange for the credit. Then she requested cash from her supervisor and gave the man $818 cash for a total of $1,636 in cash and credit.
According to the report, Paige told police she did not remember the transaction and could not explain why she did not receive money from the man but put money onto his card. She also had no explanation for why she gave the man cash.
Police have identified a man who matches the man with the gift card on the surveillance video.
She is is charged with employee theft between $300 and 4,999.
A teacher at Omaha North High School was arrested Tuesday on suspicion that he had sex with a student.
Joseph Abdalla, 38, was charged with first-degree sexual assault. Police said the victim was a 15-year-old girl.
According to a police report, Abdalla and the girl had sex numerous times at his Omaha apartment near 94th and Burt streets.
The sexual relationship happened over a period of four months, police said.
“Somebody had information that it was possibly occurring, and did the right thing and contacted detectives,” said police spokesman Jacob Bettin.
The victim’s mother spoke to KETV NewsWatch 7 and said she wants the teacher to pay for the alleged crime against her daughter.
Abdalla was not the girl’s teacher, said Omaha Public Schools spokeswoman Janice Garnett.
Abdalla is listed as a science teacher on Omaha North’s Web site. He was also the assistant girls’ tennis coach. He’s been with the school for the past four years.
Police said they had no information of other victims.
According to a professional background statement, Abdalla holds a Masters degree in biology from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette.
Abdalla also received his teaching certificate in 2009 from the University of Nebraska-Omaha, according to a UNO spokeswoman.
Garnett said the school district wants Abdalla fired.
“We want to create that atmosphere of trust and safety, and that’s what we’re doing,” she said.
Abdalla will make his first court appearance on Thursday morning.
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