- Associated Press - Thursday, August 4, 2016

BARRE, Vt. (AP) - Vermont education officials are investigating allegations of sexual misconduct at a school for troubled girls in the town of Bennington.

The state Board of Education sent a letter to a school official July 29 saying the Vermont education secretary had received reports of sexual assaults and other incidents at the school. The letter says a preliminary investigation “revealed additional concerns regarding the safety of students.”

Two former staff members have pleaded not guilty to charges of sexual assault.

The letter says the school may continue to operate during the investigation.

David Chabot of the Vermont Permanency Initiative, which runs the school, says school officials are working closely with state officials on their investigations.

The Vermont School for Girls serves troubled girls between the ages of 13 and 19.

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