Ind. AG wants ex-principal's conviction reinstated

By: The Associated Press Email
By: The Associated Press Email

Indiana's attorney general wants the state Supreme Court to reinstate a former high school principal's conviction for failing to immediately report a student's alleged raped in a school restroom.

Prosecutors said former Muncie Central High School principal Chris Smith didn't even tell off-duty police officers working as school security guards about the November 2010 incident. He was convicted last March of failing to immediately report child abuse or neglect.

But the Indiana Court of Appeals overturned Smith's conviction in January. Appeals Court Judge Elaine Brown wrote that Smith's attempts to confirm the victim's claims before contacting police were valid.

The Star Press reports Attorney General Greg Zoeller has urged the Indiana Supreme Court to assume jurisdiction of the case and reinstate Smith's conviction.

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