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School Administrators In Santa Barbara County Face Charges After Prosecutors Say They Failed To Report Alleged Abuse

Posted on Friday, July 13, 2012 9:01am

Santa Barbara County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against one current, and one former administrator at a private school, claiming they failed to properly report some child sex abuse claims.

The charges center around allegations that two students at Orcutt’s St. Joseph High School sexually assaulted a 16 year old classmate.

Prosecutors say Principal Joseph Myers, and now former Dean of Students John Walker were informed of the sexual abuse allegations by the girl, and her parents, but failed to comply with state law by reporting it to authorities.

The Roman Catholic Archdiocese Of Los Angeles says it’s put the principal on administrative leave, pending resolution of the charge.

The failure to report a suspected crime of this type is a misdemeanor, with the maximum penalty being six months in jail. The two teenage suspects are currently facing charges in connection with the case.

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