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Former principal goes directly to trial

Judge Robert Stead will skip pre-trial hearings and move straight to trial for former Sacajawea Junior High School principal Fannie Kelley.

The trial proceedings are expected to begin the week of May 20 at the Regional Justice Center in Kent.

City prosecutor Gurjit Pandher filed charges against Kelley for failing to report child abuse in December 2000.

In March 2000, an anonymous woman called Kelley, then principal at Sacajawea, to tell her 49-year-old para-educator Nancy Alexander-Anderson was sexually involved with one of her 15-year-old students, officials said.

Kelley dismissed the call, saying she thought it was a prank because the caller declined to give her name or provide a written statement.

Alexander-Anderson was convicted of third-degree child rape and sentenced in November 2000 to 14 months in prison.

Federal Way Public Schools administrators censured Kelley in December 2000, saying she used poor judgment in dismissing the anonymous call. Two days later, the city prosecutor’s office filed charges against her.

Kelley was fired in January 2001. She has appealed her termination and has pleaded not guilty to the charges against her.

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