Ala principal, counselor arrested

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DADEVILLE, Ala. (AP) – A central Alabama principal and school counselor are charged with failing to report child abuse.

WSFA-TV (http://bit.ly/Uq89i4 ) reports that Council Middle School principal Melanie Fernanda McKinney and counselor Corey Matthews both surrendered at the Tallapoosa County jail.

Dadeville Police Chief David Barbour says an investigation started in May into allegations of student-on-student sexual abuse. Authorities say they discovered multiple student victims who were either subjected to sexual assault, harassment, or the threat of harm.

Besides failing to report abuse, McKinney also is accused of falsifying paperwork and getting free meals for family members at Council Middle and Dadeville High.

McKinney and Matthews both were placed on leave by the Tallapoosa County school board along with a third person.

Court records don’t list defense lawyers for either McKinney or Matthews.

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