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Two Mingo boys charged in school sex abuse case

WILLIAMSON, W.Va. — Two Mingo County boys now face criminal charges stemming from an investigation of sexual-abuse allegations.

The Mingo County prosecutor’s office has filed juvenile petitions against the boys. Prosecuting Attorney Teresa Maynard told the Daily News that although she cannot provide specifics because the suspects are juveniles, the charges have been filed and the investigation by the West Virginia State Police is continuing.

Earlier this month, West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit alleging officials at Burch Middle School brushed aside allegations that the boys had sexually abused female classmates. The lawsuit filed in Mingo County Circuit Court also alleges that school officials interfered with the state police investigation of the allegations.

Maynard said no adults have been charged but that the criminal investigation is continuing and those circumstances could change.

Morrisey claims in the lawsuit that administrators at the school retaliated against the girls for reporting the allegations. It says the abuses occurred during the 2012-13 school year and have continued to the present…

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