Sacajawea principal charged with failing to report abuse
June 13, 2008 · Updated 10:13 AM
"Failure to report child abuse is the charge filed against the principal of Sacajawea Junior High School. It is the latest in the case that involved a teacher's aide having sex with a 15-year-old student.Federal Way city prosecutors charged Fannie Kelley, the school's principal, for failing to report to officials about the illegal relationship. Last week school district officials also censured Kelley for dismissing an anonymous phone call that alleged sexual misconduct by Nancy Alexander-Anderson, a 49-year-old para-educator employed by the district.A two-page statement released by the district on Wednesday said there are no findings of misconduct or violation of policies by any district employee except Alexander-Anderson. But it also said Kelley used poor professional judgement when she ignored the phone call on March 7.The call, according to the statement, alleged Alexander-Anderson and a student were engaged in sexual behavior. Because the caller refused identification or substantiation, Kelley did not investigate or tell anyone else about the call.The district's statement came at the end of a four-month independent investigation of its policies and procedures after the incident.District officials also sent letters of clarification to three employees who had supervised Alexander-Anderson when she was under investigation last spring.Alexander-Anderson was sentenced in November to 14 months in prison for one count of third-degree child rape.Alexander-Anderson had been employed by the district since 1998 before she was placed on administrative leave May 12.The 49-year-old Sacajawea Junior High School teacher's aide was charged with raping a student she worked one-on-one with for five months. The boy, whose name the Mirror is not releasing because he is a minor, had a record of behavioral problems and a police record, according to a King County prosecutors report.During the course of their relationship, Alexander-Anderson took the boy skiing at Crystal Mountain with his cousin and a friend. She also took him to five motels, including an overnight stay in Seaside, Oregon, where they engaged in sexual intercourse, according to prosecutors.On March 10, Alexander-Anderson was ordered to transfer to Federal Way High School on suspicion that she was negatively influencing the boy. According to the school district, officials had no indication, however, that there was a sexual relationship.Alexander-Anderson had been employed at Sacajawea since September 1998. Before she was hired in the Federal Way school district, she passed an FBI background and fingerprint check. Sacajawea Parent Teacher Association President Cathy Hamilton said after the incident she was alarmed about the situation but trusts the school's commitment to student safety.I don't have a fear for my children, she said. I haven't in the past and I don't now.While the district considers the case closed, city of Federal Way prosecutors are in the process of determine whether or not to press charges against Kelley for failing to report child abuse.City prosecutor Gurjit Pandher said Kelley may have committed a crime if he can prove Kelley had reason to believe the boy was abused and didn't act on it.She had a legal obligation to report it and that goes for any school personnel, Pandher said. If guilty Kelley could face up to 365 days in jail and a $5,000 fine. "