Tuesday, March 08, 2011
Ind. Law - "Ex-Muncie Central principal charged over handling of rape case"
Updating a Nov. 19, 2010 Muncie Star-Press story that began:
MUNCIE -- More than a week after a student reported she was raped at Central High School, school administrators are coming forward to speak with police detectives.Today Douglas Walker reports in the Star-Press in a story that begins:
The development happened after police blasted the school for "interfering" and "delaying" the police investigation into the reported rape on Nov. 9. * * *
School officials did not call police in after the victim reported having been raped in a school restroom, but instead had her sit in the principal's office for two and a half hours. The high school's principal and two assistant principals backed out of an appointment last Friday to meet with detectives.
MUNCIE -- The other shoe dropped Monday for ex-Central High School Principal Christopher Smith, who now faces a criminal charge over his handling of a student's Nov. 9 report that she had been raped in a school restroom.
Smith, 40, 4309 W. Sandpiper Drive, was charged Monday afternoon with failure to immediately report child abuse or neglect, a Class B misdemeanor carrying a maximum 180-day jail term.
The formal charge, filed in Delaware Circuit Court 5 by Deputy Prosecutor Eric Hoffman, alleges that Smith "had reason to believe that a child may be the victim of child abuse or neglect" and "did knowingly fail to immediately make a report to the Indiana Department of Child Services or a local law enforcement agency."
Authorities have said Central administrators failed to notify police -- including officers working security shifts in the school that day -- about the girl's claims. The student reportedly sat in Smith's office for 2 1/2 hours after reporting the assault, and her alleged attacker was allowed to go home.
Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 8, 2011 11:25 AM
Posted to Indiana Law