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Dec 4, 2013 11:46 AM

Houston Principal Accused of Failing to Report Sex Abuse Claims

HOUSTON (AP) - An attorney for a Houston high school principal charged with failing to report student allegations of sexual abuse by a teacher says the administrator will be vindicated.

Principal Rob Gasparello, who works at Sharpstown High School, made a brief court appearance Wednesday after being charged last month with three counts of failure to report child abuse.

The case stems from a teacher charged with having an improper relationship with a student and indecency with a child.

Gasparello attorney Rusty Hardin said Wednesday that evidence will show his client did everything "to protect children." The principal's next court appearance is set for Jan. 6.

Two assistant principals are also charged with failure to report child abuse. One of them, Silvio Leiva, was in court Wednesday. His attorney declined comment.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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