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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Ind. Gov't. - "Two Indianapolis Public Schools employees will appear in court Tuesday on charges they failed to report sexual abuse allegations involving a school counselor" [Updated]

That is the lede to this story this morning by Vic Ryckaert of the Indianapolis Star. More:

[The two] are scheduled to appear for initial hearings on misdemeanor counts of failure to make a report. The hearings begin 9 a.m. Tuesday before Marion Superior Judge Linda Brown.

Prosecutors say [the two] knew about allegations of abuse against school counselor Shana Taylor as early as Feb. 17 but the abuse went unreported for about a week, according to court records. * * *

At least seven school officials knew about allegations against Taylor as early as Feb. 17, but no one reported them to DCS until Feb. 23, according to court records and interviews. None of the other five have been charged.

[Updated at 4:20 PM] "IPS officials won't serve time after failing to report abuse" is the headline to this story posted by Marisa Kwiatkowski of the IndyStar earlier this afternoon. A quote:
The Marion County prosecutor's office has reached agreements with the two Indianapolis Public Schools officials accused of failing to report suspected child abuse. * * * [E]ach faced a misdemeanor count of failure to make a report, Marion Superior Court records state. On Tuesday, they both agreed to pretrial diversion, meaning their misdemeanors will be dismissed as long as they don't commit another offense within six months.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 17, 2016 09:07 AM
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