Providence elementary school principal Violet LeMar is appealing the guilty verdict handed down Monday for failing to report allegations of sexual assault at her school. LeMar is the first educator to be found guilty under a new state reporting law.
The new law was adopted in 2016, and requires educators to notify DCYF within 24 hours of abuse allegations at schools. LeMar, principal at Harry Kizirian elementary school in Providence, was accused of initiating an internal investigation when allegations of abuse of students by a gym teacher came to light.
Her investigation allegedly involved interviewing students about the abuse allegations without parental consent. LeMar was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and a year’s probation. She maintains her innocence.
The gym teacher, James Duffy is accused of molesting three students at the elementary school.