Oklahoma City School Sexual Assault Allegations, Reporting Laws


With a Catholic school in Oklahoma City receiving allegations of sexual assault, many are wondering what the mandatory reporting laws are for schools. Was the local Mount St. Mary Catholic School required to go to the police when a student reported sexual assault? The victim told KOCO 5 that his accusation and others were ignored. The victim said nearly a dozen letters detailing the sexual assault and harassment were delivered to the school. >> Related: Victim Brings Sexual Assault Allegations to Mount St. Mary’s Catholic School; October a student who went to Mount St. Mary with me asked me, she told me that a group of people were collecting letters, and it had happened to a lot of people and she knew my story, ”said victim said. >> Related: Police investigate allegations of sexual assault at OKC High School A sexual assault investigation involving dozens of victims, former and current students, has taken place. The school admitted it could have done a better job when the allegations were first brought to them. a faith-based community, ”said Daniel Carsey, Chair of the Board of Trustees of Mount St. Mary’s Secondary School. What was the appropriate action? social services and contacting the police. Private schools do not come under their jurisdiction. The state’s mandatory reporting law also does not apply, as the assault was committed by a student and not by a caregiver. Mount St. Mary officials said they gave their findings to the Oklahoma Police Department. However, they did not deliver these letters. Police told KOCO 5 on Wednesday that victims will have to make statements directly to police.

With a Catholic school in Oklahoma City receiving allegations of sexual assault, many are wondering what the mandatory reporting laws are for schools.

Was the local Mount St. Mary Catholic School required to go to the police when a student reported a sexual assault? The victim told KOCO 5 that his accusation and others were ignored.

The victim said nearly a dozen letters detailing the sexual assault and harassment were delivered to the school.

>> Related: Victim Speaks Out Sexual Assault Allegations at Mount St. Mary’s Catholic School

The school told KOCO 5 that although independent investigators examined these letters, they were never turned over to the police.

So, have mandatory reporting laws been broken?

“Around September, October, a student who went to Mount St. Mary with me asked me, she told me a lot of people were collecting letters, and it had happened to a lot of people and she knew my story, “said one victim. noted.

>> Related: Police investigate allegations of sexual assault at OKC High School

A sexual assault investigation involving dozens of victims, former and current students, has taken place. The school admitted it could have done a better job when the allegations were first brought to it.

“When we reviewed this independent investigation and saw its results, Mount had failed to take action consistent with its core beliefs and values ​​as a faith community,” said Daniel Carsey, chairman of the board of Mount St Mary. High school.

What was the appropriate action?

The Oklahoma Department of Education said it has best practices and procedures, such as schools reporting abuse to the Oklahoma Department of Human Services and contacting the police.

Private schools do not come under their jurisdiction.

The state’s mandatory reporting law also does not apply, as the assault was committed by a student and not by a caregiver.

Mount St. Mary officials said they turned their findings over to the Oklahoma Police Department. However, they did not deliver these letters.

Police told KOCO 5 on Wednesday that victims will have to make statements directly to police.


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