Former principal to appeal conviction for failing to report student’s rape

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A former Muncie Central High School principal convicted of failing to report a student’s rape is appealing his conviction.

Last month, Christopher Smith was convicted of failure to immediately report child abuse or neglect, a class B misdemeanor, for the Nov. 9, 2010, incident.

Steven Moore raped a then 16-year-old girl inside of a bathroom at the school. The victim went to the office to report the crime. Prosecutors said Smith violated state law when he reportedly left the girl sitting in his office for more than two hours before calling police.

The judge sentenced Smith to 120 days in jail, suspended. That means Smith will essentially be serving 120 days of supervised probation. He’ll also have to serve 100 hours of community service in addition to paying fines and court costs.

Moore was sentenced to five years with four years executed and one year probation back in September 2011.

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