The Cuyahoga County prosecutor’s office in Cleveland took extraordinary to charge adults with failing to report sexual crimes in two high-profile cases, the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports. The indictments on the same day raised the issue of nonreporting to a new level, prosecutor Rick Bell said. In one case, the grand jury returned a 20-count indictment against a former high school substitute teacher who initiated a two-year affair with one of her special-education students. The grand jury also indicted Daniel Carl Wolfe, 19, on charges related to a series of sexual attacks against six women.
The grand jurors indicted a former Dean of Students at one school, noting that three students reported attacks but that the dean failed to tell police or college officials. In one case, the grand jurors also indicted the victim’s parents for failure to report a felony. The parents allegedly were aware their son was having sexual relations with his teacher and took actions to end the affair, yet they failed to report the crimes to police or school officials.