Dubuque Assistant Principal Makes Court Appearance, New Details About Charges

By Katie Wiedemann, Reporter

DUBUQUE - Dubuque Hempstead's assistant principal is behind bars and made an initial court appearance on Wednesday.

Police arrested Shane Oswald Tuesday after more than a month-long investigation. He is charged with sexual exploitation by a school employee; giving a controlled substance to someone under 18; and giving alcohol to person under the legal age.

New details emerged in court about the charges against Shane Oswald as appeared in court via video phone. The judge said the controlled substance Oswald is accused of giving a student is Hydrocodone.

The judge also said while under investigation Oswald bought a one-way ticket to the Bahamas and left a suicide note for his wife and children.

Court records show Oswald was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder and is receiving treatment for that.

Oswald told the judge he did purchase a ticket to Miami and spent sometime there in a hotel.

He says he returned to Dubuque and spent five days in the psychiatric ward at Mercy Hospital.

Oswald told the judge if he does post bond he intends to stay in Dubuque.
The county attorney said Oswald is a flight risk and asked his bond remain at $50,000, cash only. The judge kept that bond at $50,000 but gave Oswald the opportunity to get out of a jail by posting $5,000.

Oswald has been on paid leave from Hempstead High School since January 11th. The district has not returned our phone calls since Oswald's arrest.
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