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Wis. principal charged with not reporting abuse

Wis. principal charged with not reporting abuse

By Associated Press. CREATED Nov 19, 2013

CHILTON, Wis. (AP) -- A Wisconsin elementary principal faces a new set of charges for his handling of a 2011 child abuse report.

Richard J. Waters is principal of Janet Berry Elementary School in Appleton.

Post-Crescent Media reports that Waters was charged last week with misdemeanor counts of obstructing police and failure to report child abuse.

Police say Waters didn't report allegations against a special education teacher in a timely fashion and altered a letter before handing it over to officers.

Waters' attorney Len Kachinsky says the principal did not mean to hamper police efforts.

A judge dismissed an earlier charge of obstructing officers, saying charging documents didn't show Waters intended to deceive police.

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Information from: Post-Crescent Media, http://www.postcrescent.com