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Tuesday, May 07, 2013

Ind. Decisions - "Supreme Court to hear Smith case"

Updating yesterday's ILB entry on the Supreme Court's grant of transfer, a story in the Muncie Star-Press today begins:

The Indiana Supreme Court announced Monday it would review an appellate court’s decision to overturn a former Central High School principal’s misdemeanor conviction.

In March 2012, ex-Central principal Chris Smith was found guilty of failing to immediately report child abuse or neglect.

Local prosecutors alleged Smith violated state law in November 2010 when he failed to immediately notify authorities — including off-duty police officers working as school security guards — of a 16-year-old student’s claim she had been raped in a school bathroom. Another student would eventually plead guilty to assaulting her.

Delaware Circuit Court 5 Judge Thomas Cannon Jr. found Smith guilty of the misdemeanor after a bench trial. The judge later placed Smith on probation for 120 days and ordered him to perform 100 hours of community service.

In January, the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned Smith’s conviction in a 2-1 vote. The office of Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller later asked the Supreme Court to reinstate the conviction.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 7, 2013 09:12 AM
Posted to Ind. App.Ct. Decisions