Cassia school officials look at how to prevent sex abuse

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by Associated Press

KTVB.COM

Posted on January 21, 2013 at 11:59 AM

Updated Monday, Jan 21 at 12:26 PM

BURLEY -- A string of sexual abuse charges filed against Cassia County educators has school officials in southern Idaho considering ways to better prevent abuse.

The Times-News reports that four cases have been filed against school district employees in the past three years, and a fifth case involved a student aide. One teacher was found not guilty, but three have pleaded guilty and the newest case is still pending in court.

Cassia County Superintendent Gaylen Smyer says the district has reviewed personnel policies, tightened hiring practice and followed up on every complaint in the past year, but the matter goes beyond what the district can address.

Smyer says he doesn't think there are flaws in the school system. Rather, he says the flaws are in the individuals who abuse students.

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