INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Prosecutors have charged two Indianapolis Public Schools employees with misdemeanor failure to report for not immediately notifying authorities of sexual abuse allegations against a former counselor.
A probable cause affidavit filed Wednesday alleges Human Resources Director Lela “Tina” Hester and HR caseworker Shalon Dabney had evidence that Shana Taylor had sex with a teenager in her office at Longfellow Elementary School but waited six days to report it to authorities. Detectives found emails and other evidence that Hester tried to cover it up.
State law requires schools to immediately report abuse or neglect allegations to law enforcement or the Indiana Department of Child Services.
IPS Superintendent Lewis Ferebee issued a statement saying IPS “will tolerate nothing less than the safest and most secure learning environment possible” for students and employees.