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Charges dropped against school officials in sex assault case

January 17, 2019

DENVER (AP) — A judge has dismissed the criminal cases against two suburban Denver school district employees accused of failing to report the sexual assault of a student.

The Denver Post reports the statute of limitations had run out before the January 2018 indictment of Prairie Middle School principal David Gonzales and assistant principal Adrienne Macintosh.

The two were accused of pressuring the teen victim in 2013 to recant her claim of sexual abuse, warning the girl that teacher Brian Vasquez’s career and family would be ruined by the allegations. They didn’t report the allegations as required by state law.

Cherry Creek Schools spokeswoman Abbe Smith says Gonzales and Macintosh remain on leave, and administrators are mulling how to move forward.

Vasquez was sentenced to 40 years to life in prison for having inappropriate sexual contact with five students.

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Information from: The Denver Post, http://www.denverpost.com

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