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Former Mifflin Principal Pleads "Not Guilty" for Failure to Report Assualt

Former Mifflin High School principal Regina Crenshaw has entered another not guilty plea to charges she failed to report the sexual assault of a student. Crenshaw appeared yesterday in Franklin County Juvenile Court after her case was moved from Municipal Court. A developmentally disabled female student was allegedly assaulted in the school auditorium last March. Two male students were later charged in the case.

The attorney for Regina Crenshaw, Toki Clark, said yesterday that two calls to the police department were made March 9th - the day of the assault. "Mrs. Crenshaw told her security guard, 'Call the police.' He called the police; he spoke to the police. A 9-1-1 call was made to the police. Both of these calls take place on March the 9th," Clark says.

The security guard only left a message for the police officer assigned to the school who was out of the building that day. The 9-1-1 call was made by the girl's father after he arrived at Mifflin some two hours after the alleged attack. School officials fired Crenshaw because they said she did not do enough to report the incident. Chief City Prosecutor Steve McIntosh says Crenshaw failed in her responsibility to notify authorities of suspected child abuse.

"Teachers, administrators, attorneys, doctors, just a wide range of individuals that by statue are mandatory reporters when there are suspected or allegations of abuse," says McIntosh.

A trial date has been set for November 21st. Conviction on the misdemeanor charge carries a maximum fine of $250, 30 days in jail, or both. Sam Hendren, WOSU News.