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Charges Against Former Capital Principal Dismissed


  A misdemeanor charge against former Capital High School principal Clinton Giles has been dismissed.

Giles had been charged with failing to immediately report a sexual assault at the school.

Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Carrie Webster granted a defense request to dismiss the charge on Wednesday.

Webster said the prosecution of Giles wasn’t supported by state law.

After the hearing, Giles said in a statement that he was wrongfully prosecuted and subjected to character assassination.

Giles retired after he was charged on Feb. 3. He was accused of taking no action on the day a counselor reported the assault to him.

A 17-year-old male student pleaded guilty on Tuesday to forcing a 15-year-old girl to have sex with him at the school on Jan. 26.