Posted: Jul 12, 2012 2:45 PM by Courtney Meznarich, KSBY News
Updated: Jul 13, 2012 9:28 PM
The Santa Barbara County District Attorney's Office announced Thursday that charges have been filed against two high school administrators in Santa Maria for failing to report child sex abuse to law enforcement.
The district attorney's office says St. Joseph High School Principal Joseph Myers and Dean of Students John Walker were told a 16-year-old student was sexually abused by two other students, both minors. The victim's parents and the victim reported the incident. Myers and Walker are "mandated reporters" because of their positions with St. Joseph High School and are required to immediately report suspected child abuse, sex abuse or child neglect to the appropriate authorities, according to the district attorney's office.
The filing wraps up a month-long investigation by the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Department and Santa Barbara County District Attorney investigators. Prosecutors say charges have already been filed against the two students suspected of sexual assaults.
The maximum penalty against the two administrators is six months in jail, and/ or a $1,000 fine.
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