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Charleston principal charged over rape notification

Charleston Gazette photo by F. Brian Ferguson Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Miller talks to reporters about the ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault at Capital High School. Clinton Giles, Capital High’s principal, was charged with a misdemeanor Tuesday after failing to report the incident promptly to police.
Charleston Gazette photo by F. Brian Ferguson
Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Chuck Miller talks to reporters about the ongoing investigation into an alleged sexual assault at Capital High School. Clinton Giles, Capital High’s principal, was charged with a misdemeanor Tuesday after failing to report the incident promptly to police.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. — Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles has been suspended and charged with a misdemeanor for failing to report an alleged sexual assault at his school.

Giles, who has served as principal since 2002, was charged Tuesday morning with failing to immediately notify law enforcement of the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old female student on Jan. 26.

Giles has been suspended without pay, pending the outcome of the case, Kanawha school board attorney Jim Withrow said Tuesday afternoon.

The 15-year-old student at Capital High was allegedly raped by a 17-year-old male student under a stairwell in the school on the morning of Jan. 26. She reported the sexual assault to a counselor that afternoon.

The counselor told Giles the same afternoon, but Giles didn’t report the incident to police until the next day, Kanawha County Prosecuting Attorney Charles Miller said. As a result, the victim was not given a sexual assault forensic exam until the day after the alleged assault.

“The delay in reporting jeopardized the investigation…

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