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Friday, November 11, 2011

Ind. Courts - More on "When did rape stop being rape?"

Recall this Aug. 7, 2011 ILB entry about the Muncie Central incident where "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," and the earlier Nov. 19, 2010 story (quoted in the second half of this ILB entry) that began: "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 Kim Kilbride of the South Bend Tribune has a story that is headlined "South Bend schools finalist left last job in controversy over not reporting student rape: All three superintendent finalists will interview here next week." The reference is to "Eric King, former superintendent of Muncie Community Schools." From today's lengthy story:

[King] said he resigned from Muncie schools in June for personal reasons and has been enjoying some time off since.

According to an Associated Press story from Dec. 15, 2010, King left that district amidst controversy.

In November 2010, the story says, Central High School administrators failed to report to police a female student’s allegations that a male student raped her in a bathroom at the school.

The Associated Press reported last year that King said the rape report was "vague" and administrators wanted to investigate on their own before filing a police report.

The girl’s mother has filed a civil lawsuit against Muncie Community Schools, King, former Muncie Central Principal Christopher Smith and the mother of the accused student, who since has pleaded guilty and been sentenced to four years in prison.

A Delaware County deputy prosecutor, Eric Hoffman, told WSBT-TV that King did not and will not face criminal charges in the rape-reporting incident.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on November 11, 2011 01:41 PM
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