Police: teacher, counselor failed to report child sexual assault
Wed, 15 Feb 2012 17:46:27 GMT —
Police say the two knew the child had been sexually assaulted and failed to report it for two months. According to the warrants, the girl reported to Farmer-Janis in November that a man living in her home had sexually assaulted her in October.
The warrants show that McMahon, the teacher, acted as a translator between Farmer-Janis, the counselor, and the girl's mother. The warrants say Farmer-Janis and the girl's mother came to an agreement that if the man moved out of the house before January 4, Farmer-Janis would not report the assault to police because of fears over the family's immigration status.
When they learned the man was still in the home on January 4, they called police.
On Wednesday, they were each charged with failing to report child abuse or neglect and obstruction of justice.
In their roles at the school, the women fall under the South Carolina law as "mandatory reporters" of sexual abuse.
The mother was charged with unlawful neglect of a child. We are not releasing her name to protect the identity of the child.
Horry County Schools
spokesperson Teal Britton says Farmer-Janis
has been employed since August 2001. She says McMahon
has been employed with the district since August of 1999.
Britton says both were place on leave Wednesday with pay, pending a school district investigation.
Police are looking for the man accused of the sexual assault. Anyone with information is asked to call Myrtle Beach Police at (843) 918-1382