Principal Pleads Not Guilty to Charge of not Reporting Abuse

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Denver (AP) A Denver middle school principal charged with failing to report allegations of abuse for an incident in a classroom pleaded not guilty Tuesday.

Nicole Veltze, 37, faces the misdemeanor charge for an incident that happened Dec. 14. Court records indicate that two boys who allegedly inappropriately touched a girl in class at Skinner Middle school were immediately suspended by Veltze, who then called the
girl's mother.

The incident happened on a Friday and Veltze said she and the mother decided to talk again on Monday. The mother contacted police on Saturday, leading to the charge.

Veltze's attorney has asked the charge be dismissed, calling it unconstitutionally vague, and said Veltze should be immune from charges because she followed Denver Public School's policy.

The case has led to a spike in district referrals to police and human services, raising questions about school officials ability to mediate conduct.