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Grand Island, Nebraska’s Philip Zlomke arrested; Westridge Middle School teacher on paid administrative leave

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Philip Zlomke, 39, of Grand Island, Hall County, Nebraska, United States is a financial literacy teacher at Westridge Middle School in Grand Island. Aside from Grand Island, he has lived in other parts of Nebraska including Kearney.

Zlomke is accused of sexually assaulting someone on October 10, 2021 and on October 18, 2021. The alleged victim is neither a student nor an employee of Westridge Middle School.

Philip Zlomke (©Hall County Department of Corrections)
Philip Zlomke (©Hall County Department of Corrections)

Shortly after 8:00 a.m. on March 17, 2022, Zlomke was arrested at Westridge Middle School and was booked into the Hall County Department of Corrections in Grand Island. He was charged with two counts of felony first-degree sexual assault.

Later that day, Zlomke appeared in Hall County Court in Grand Island before Judge Alfred Corey, who set his bond at 10 percent of $200,000. The financial literacy teacher was released after paying $20,000.

Westridge Middle School has placed Zlomke on paid administrative leave pending the investigation. He is scheduled to appear in court for a preliminary hearing at 10:30 a.m. on April 4, 2022.

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Grand Island is the county seat of Hall County. Serving all of the city, Grand Island Public Schools (GIPS) has one high school, three middle schools and 14 elementary schools.

Since 2010, Grand Island has been hosting the Nebraska State Fair. The city is home to the Nebraska Law Enforcement Training Center, the sole agency responsible for training law enforcement officers throughout Nebraska.

The late actor Henry Fonda was born in Grand Island. Former football players Tom Rathman, 59, and John Parrella, 52, were also born in the city.

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