Law enforcement authorities are charging O.B. Whaley Elementary School Principal Lyn Vijayendran with failing to report a child molestation complaint against alleged child molester Craig Chandler. Chandler taught at O.B. Whaley Elementary School, Evergreen School District, for nine years. Chandler was arrested in January 2012 and is currently facing charges stemming from the alleged molestation of five children from his second- and third-grade class.
Child molestation victims' rights attorney Robert Allard, of the law firm of Corsiglia, McMahon & Allard in San Jose, CA, is currently representing the families of children molested by a daycare worker at Trace Elementary School CDC along with families of children molested by teachers, athletic coaches and a Silicon Valley executive.
Mr. Allard issued the following statement:
"Much like Penn State's Joe Paterno enabled child molester Jerry Sandusky, O.B. Whaley's principal appears to have enabled alleged child molester Craig Chandler. As a community, we need to get to the bottom of this child molestation scandal and find out who knew what and when did they know it. Hopefully, the victims in this case involving Craig Chandler will come forward and take whatever steps are necessary to ensure that this does not happen again not only at this but other schools so that children are protected. The principal had a legal duty to report suspected abuse. If indeed it is true that Ms. Vijayendran ignored a complaint or complaints, she is as guilty of child molestation as the predator himself. We enthusiastically support the efforts of the District Attorney to criminally prosecute those who have harbored pedophiles. The next step is to create tougher laws so the mandatory reporting, and the resultant criminal consequences, applies to anyone in either the public or private sector who supervise anyone who has access to children like teachers, counselors, priests and coaches."
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