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Trial Set for Former Capital High School Principal


A former Kanawha County principal is scheduled to stand trial in March on a misdemeanor charge of failing to report a sexual assault allegation.

Former Capital High School principal Clinton Giles pleaded not guilty on Tuesday. Kanawha County Circuit Court Judge Carrie Webster scheduled Giles’ trial for March 23. He will remain free on a personal recognizance bond.

The 64-year-old Giles retired after he was charged on Feb. 3.

Prosecutors say a 15-year-old female student told a counselor at the school on Jan. 26 that she was sexually assaulted by a male student. Giles is accused of taking no action that day after the counselor reported the alleged assault to him.

Charleston police have charged a 17-year-old male student with second-degree sexual assault.