Former Perryville, MO principal accused of not reporting allegations of student being raped

Former Perryville, MO principal accused of not reporting allegations of student being raped

PERRYVILLE, MO (KFVS) - A former principal in Perryville, Missouri is accused of not reporting allegations of a student being raped.

Richard Thomas is facing a misdemeanor charge of failure of mandated reporter to report child abuse/neglect or death of child under 18.

His initial arraignment is set for May 2 at 9 a.m. at the Perry County Courthouse.

According to court documents, Thomas was told about allegations of a student being raped but did not report the allegations to the Missouri Children's Division.

According to Kate Martin, communications director at Perry County School District 32, Thomas has been on administrative leave from the school district since Sept. 21, 2016, as a personnel matter.

Thomas has not been on campus or any school event since being placed on administrative leave.

Martin said on Dec. 14 the Board of Education voted unanimously to not rehire Thomas as principal of Perryville High School.  His contract expires on June 30, 2017.

Superintendent Andy Comstock released the following statement:

"While confidentiality laws prevent me from commenting about specific personnel, I can say, unequivocally, that our District values the safety of all children above all else.

Jeff Steffens served as the interim high school principal and was hired as principal for the coming school year.

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