Principal told student who reported rape to 'move on'

1 month 2 weeks 5 days ago April 05, 2017 Apr 5, 2017 Wednesday, April 05 2017 Wednesday, April 05, 2017 5:44:00 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

PERRYVILLE (AP) — Police say a Missouri girl who reported being raped by her boyfriend told investigators that her high school principal threatened them with in-school suspension to "get them to stop saying things about each other."

The Southeast Missourian reports that 37-year-old Richard Thomas was charged Monday with a misdemeanor count of failure to report abuse, neglect or death of a child younger than 18.

Thomas didn't return a phone message Wednesday from The Associated Press. No attorney is listed for him in online court records.

Court documents say the alleged perpetrator told police that at one point, Thomas advised him and the alleged victim to "stop with all the rape talk and just move on."

Thomas has been on paid administrative leave from the Perry County School District since September.

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