March 3, 2016

IPS Waited Six Days To Report Staffer Accused Of Sex With 2 Students

IPS Waited Six Days To Report Staffer Accused Of Sex With 2 Students

INDIANAPOLIS - An Indianapolis Public Schools guidance counselor faces child seduction charges for allegedly engaging in sexual conduct with two teenage students.

Thirty-seven-year-old Shana Taylor was charged Wednesday. She allegedly engaged in sexual conduct with one male student between October and February, starting when he was 16.

Taylor also allegedly had a sexual encounter with a second 16-year-old student.

Her attorney, Brian Newcomb, says Taylor plans to take responsibility for her alleged actions.

The Indianapolis Star reports court records indicate school officials waited six days to report the allegations to state child-welfare officials. Indiana law requires certain school officials to immediately report suspected child abuse.

IPS spokeswoman Kristin Cutler says she cannot comment beyond a statement saying the district immediately suspended Taylor and "launched an internal investigation."

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