Stamford School Officials Accused of Not Reporting Student-Teacher Sex Head to Court

The principal and vice principal are accused of failing to report a sexual relationship between a student and teacher.

A Stamford High School principal and assistant principal are heading to court today, accused of failing to contact authorities about a sexual relationship between a student and teacher that first came to light last December, according to police.

Police arrested 32-year-old English teacher Danielle Watkins in July after learning that she had been sexually involved with an 18-year-old student and supplied him with marijuana, authorities said. She has pleaded not guilty.

Stamford High School Principal Donna Valentine, 62, and Assistant Principal Roth Nordin, 59, have been charged with failing to report the situation to authorities and will appear in court.

According to police, “several independent sources” informed administrators of the relationship as early as December 2013 and the school conducted its own investigation without contacting the Department of Children and Families.

Police began investigating the administrators in August and Valentine and Nordin have been charged with failure to report, which is a misdemeanor offense.

Watkins is accused of having sexual relations with the student between September 2013 and June 2014 and threatened to fail him in her class if he broke off the relationship, according to police. She was subsequently placed on administrative leave.

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