- Associated Press - Wednesday, April 6, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A federal judge has thrown out a lawsuit brought by a former school superintendent against the Vermont state trooper who investigated her on charges that she failed to report child abuse allegations in 2013.

The Caledonian Record reports (https://bit.ly/1MRucJb ) former Caledonia Central Supervisory Union superintendent Martha Tucker filed the civil rights suit against Sgt. Lyle Decker in federal court in Burlington after criminal charges against her were dismissed.

Decker cited Tucker for failure to report the abuse alleged by a Danville High School student in April 2013.

Tucker’s lawsuit alleged defamation, invasion of privacy and malicious prosecution at the hands of Decker.

Judge J. Garvan Murtha disagreed, saying that Decker’s conduct didn’t violate Tucker’s rights and that he had probable cause to believe that she violated the mandatory reporter statute.

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

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