LaPorte (Ind.) Schools: We Reported Sex Abuse Suspicions

Monday, September 12, 2011

A northwestern Indiana school district is disputing a prosecutor's claim that it failed to report suspected sexual misconduct by a former assistant girls volleyball coach.

William Kaminski, an attorney for the La Porte Community Schools, said a school employee did report suspicions about former coach Robert Ashcraft.

"It is well known by the prosecutor and his deputy that an employee of the School Corporation reported suspicions concerning this matter to the Department of Child Services of the state of Indiana and to the La Porte City Police Department in 2008," Kaminski said in a statement issued Saturday.

La Porte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi filed misdemeanor charges of failing to report sexual misconduct Wednesday against the school corporation, its athletic director Ed Gilliland and head volleyball coach MaryBeth Lebo, the LaPorte Herald-Argus and The Times of Munster reported. Szilagyi said the corporation faced a possible fine of up to $1,000.

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