Eastern Iowa Teacher Charged With Failure to Report Abuse

The teacher of an eastern Iowa classroom where a 15-year-old volunteer sexually abused kindergartners now faces charges.

Cedar Rapids television station KCRG reports that Diane Graham has been charged with failure to report child abuse. Her initial court appearance has been set for April 24.

Court records say Graham was a teacher at a Marion elementary school when two students told her in August that they were being abused by a student volunteer in her classroom. Prosecutors say Graham did not report the abuse, allowing it to continue for two more months. A phone number for Graham could not be found Saturday.

The student volunteer was convicted as a juvenile last month of fondling three kindergarteners. His fate will be decided at an April 28 disposition hearing.

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