IPS suspends employees charged with failing to report sex abuse allegations

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (April 15, 2016) – Two Indianapolis Public Schools employees who face charges for failing to report sex abuse allegations against a counselor have been suspended with pay.

Lela Hester and Shalon Dabney face misdemeanor charges. Prosecutors said they were aware of allegations that counselor Shana Taylor had sex with a student in her office but waited six days to report it. The allegations first surfaced on Feb. 17; a report wasn’t submitted to DCS until Feb. 23.

Hester is the director of Human Resources at IPS; Dabney is a caseworker for the human resources department. According to court documents, they were aware of their obligation to report Taylor to DCS but didn’t immediately file a report.

Taylor faces nine counts of child seduction. She was arrested in February, but the school suspended her the day after the allegations came to light. The school board terminated her employment on March 4, citing “gross misconduct.”