Sexual Abuse

Members of the House Judiciary Committee are revisiting the state's mandatory reporting law after an incident at Capital High School in Charleston. The school's principal, Clinton Giles, resigned from his post after reports that he failed to notify law enforcement of a sexual assault on the high school's campus. Giles was reportedly notified of the January 26th incident by a counselor, and he now faces misdemeanor charges in Kanawha County Circuit Court. The incident now has lawmakers looking to update a forty year old law dealing with sexual assaults. But first, the committee considered a bill that aims to reign in the receptions lawmakers are invited to while in Charleston for legislative meetings.

Patrick Morrisey, W. Va. Attorney General
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The West Virginia attorney general has filed a lawsuit against Mingo County school officials claiming they brushed aside allegations that two male students sexually abused female classmates.
The lawsuit also claims school officials interfered with a state police investigation of the incidents.
The lawsuit says administrators at Burch Middle School retaliated against the girls for reporting the allegations.

A West Virginia State Police spokesman says an investigation of child abuse allegations at a center in Romney might not be completed until the fall.
Lt. Michael Baylous tells The Cumberland Times-News of Maryland that state police investigators are still conducting interviews. He says some of those being interviewed are special needs children.

The House of Delegates passes a bill to make the sale e-cigarettes illegal to minors and addresses the issue of sexual abuse of minors. The
Senate deals with two issues--state purchasing and pseudoephedrine--that have been in mind since interims. Representatives of the Our Children, Our Future campaign to end child poverty discuss their legislative priorities with Beth Vorhees.