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Capital Principal Charged with Misdemeanor


 Prosecutors have charged a Kanawha County principal with failing to report an alleged sexual assault at his school.

Capital High School Principal Clinton Giles was charged with the misdemeanor in an information filed Tuesday in Kanawha County Circuit Court.

Giles didn’t immediately return a telephone call from The Associated Press.

A 15-year-old female student told a counselor at the school on Jan. 26 that she was sexually assaulted. Charleston police later charged a 17-year-old male student with second-degree sexual assault.

The information says Giles took no action on Jan. 26 after the counselor reported the alleged assault to him. He didn’t notify a Charleston police officer who serves as the school’s prevention resource officer.

State law requires school workers to immediately report sexual assaults.