- Associated Press - Thursday, April 3, 2014

ST. JOHNSBURY, Vt. (AP) - Charges have been dismissed against a Vermont school superintendent accused of failing to report suspected abuse.

Martha Tucker pleaded not guilty last year to failing to report to the Children and Families Department within 24 hours an allegation that a Danville teacher inappropriately touched a student.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/1otDhLu) Tucker’s lawyer asked for a dismissal, saying under the state’s “mandatory reporter” law, Tucker was only mandated to report the allegation if she had “reasonable cause” to believe it.

A judge decided there wasn’t enough evidence for Tucker to do so.

Principal Noah Noyes also pleaded not guilty. He settled his case, testifying he and Tucker agreed it would be investigated as harassment, not as child abuse.

Both are leaving their jobs at the end of this school year.

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Information from: The Caledonian-Record, https://www.caledonianrecord.com

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