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Trial Starts for Elementary School Teacher for Failure to Report Child Sex Abuse

Trial Starts for Elementary School Teacher for Failure to Report Child Sex Abuse

Cedar Rapids, IA – Diane Graham, a Starry Elementary School teacher, is charged with failure to report sexual abuse of three of her students by a teenaged male classroom volunteer.

Iowa law requires any licensed school employee to report any abuse of a child within 24 hours of notice.  Graham previously claimed she had no notice of the abuse which occurred in her classroom in 2016. However, the criminal complaint states two students, on two occasions, advised the teacher of the abuse.

According to The Gazette, Logan McMurrin was 15 at the time he volunteered in Graham’s classroom.  He was convicted of three counts of second-degree sexual abuse against a 5-year-old and two 6-year-old girls.

Marion Superintendent, Chris Dyer, told the Gazette that schools in his district will still have volunteers in the classroom. “The District always has and will continue to take seriously its responsibility under state and federal laws and board policy to provide a safe and healthy learning environment for its students,” said Dyer.

Multiple lawsuits were already settled last year between eight parents and the Marion Independent Community School District.

If convicted for failure to report the abuse, Graham faces a $625 fine or up to 30 days in jail.

For more information:

The Gazette – January 7, 2018

The Gazette – November 28, 2017

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