Police: School principal failed to report abuse complaint

VIENNA, Va. (AP) — Police in northern Virginia say that a middle school principal has been charged with failing to report a complaint of suspected sexual abuse of a student.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that it's the second time in less than a year that a principal in Fairfax County has been accused of a similar crime.

Police said that they arrested Yusef Azimi on a misdemeanor charge. He's been on leave as principal of Thoreau Middle School in Vienna.

Police said Azimi, 41, of McLean, is accused of failing to inform police and child protective services about a report in October that a teacher had inappropriate contact with a student.

The teacher was later charged with carnal knowledge of a child and taking indecent liberties with a child by a person in a custodial relationship.

Police spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said that Azimi is mandated under the law to report such complaints to authorities.

School officials said that Azimi had been placed on leave as of November 2019.

An attorney was not listed for Azimi in court records. He did not immediately respond to a message left by The Washington Post at a phone number listed for him. He was released from a county jail on Wednesday after posting a $3,000 bond.

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