Former Perry principal gets probation for not reporting abuse

The Associated Press and The Oklahoman - March 9, 2018 11:05 am

PERRY, Okla. (AP) – A former principal of a northern Oklahoma elementary school has been sentenced to five years on probation for not reporting child abuse by a teacher’s aide.

The Oklahoman reports that 51-year-old Kenda Miller was sentenced Thursday after reaching a plea deal for misdemeanor charges of failure to promptly report child abuse or neglect. Miller resigned in June from Upper Elementary School in Perry, where 86-year-old Arnold Cowen molested girls while working as an aide.

Cowen is serving 10 years in prison after pleading guilty last month to molesting 10 girls.

District Attorney Brian Hermanson says Miller chose not to contact the Department of Human Services when “numerous girls told her they were being touched by Mr. Cowen.”

Parents of 16 girls also filed a federal lawsuit in December against Perry Public Schools and the Board of Education.


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