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Caledonia school officials arrested for failure to report abuse

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BURLINGTON, Vt. -

A Vermont principal and superintendent were arrested Monday for allegedly failing to report child abuse.

Vermont State Police arrested Danville School Principal Noah Noyes and Caledonia Central Superintendent Martha Tucker on charges of failure to report child abuse and neglect of duty. The arrests come following allegations that a high school student was inappropriately touched twice by a teacher.

Police say the principal reported the April incidents to the superintendent but that neither of them reported the behavior to DCF within 24 hours as required by state law.

"Why would someone who knew they had a duty to report, fail to report? The only reason I can think of why someone who knew they had a duty -- and these people should have known -- is because they wanted to protect somebody.  They wanted to avoid embarrassment.  They wanted to not have it be known that one of their teachers was involved in it, which could be a major problem for a school administrator," said Jerry O'Neil, a legal expert.

Police say DCF only learned of the allegations 10 days after the incident -- from the child's parents. Noyes and Tucker are due in court next month. Police are still investigating the allegations of abuse against the teacher.

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