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Principal accused of not reporting sexual assault on student

Stephanie Kelley (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Department) Stephanie Kelley (Source: Fayette County Sheriff's Department)

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OAKLAND, TN (WMC-TV) - A Mid-South principal turned herself into authorities Wednesday after she was accused of not reporting a sexual assault against a student.

Officials said Stephanie Kelley, the principal at Oakland Elementary School, faces misdemeanor charges of failing to report a sexual assault at her school and violation of duty to report.

According to an affidavit of complaint, a second grader sexually assaulted a classmate. Oakland Police Chief Keith Hogwood said a teacher told Kelley about the assault, but Kelley allegedly responded by telling the teacher not to call the Department of Child Services.

"To my understanding, the principal did not report it to the parent as well," Hogwood said.

Hogwood said the parent eventually found out and brought the case to the police.  The second grader suspected in the case will be charged with sexual assault in juvenile court.

Wednesday, Kelley was booked into jail, and immediately released on her own recognizance.  Meanwhile, Hogwood said educators must know the law.

"They need to report all these incidents to the police department and let us do our job," he said.

Fayette County Schools Superintendent Miles Wilson declined comment on camera, saying only that he would let the courts handle the situation, and that Kelley would remain on the job throughout.  Late Wednesday afternoon, a small group of parents protested that decision.

Oakland police say the case is not closed. Without elaborating, Hogwood said investigators are looking into other allegations.

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