Attorney: School Principal Reported Abuse Claims

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

HOUSTON (AP) - An attorney for a Houston high school principal charged with failing to report allegations from students of sexual abuse says the administrator promptly reported the incidents and that his "good name" is being smeared.

Rob Gasparello, who works at Sharpstown High School, was charged last week with three counts of failure to report child abuse.

Rusty Hardin, Gasparello's attorney, said in a statement Tuesday the accusations against his client paint him "in a false light" and that the principal investigated the incidents and "took swift action."

Two assistant principals each face one count of the same charge.

The case stems from a teacher at the school accused of abuse. The teacher has been charged with having an improper relationship with a student and indecency with a child.

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