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Charges Dropped Against Former Randleman Elementary Principal Melanie Cuttriss-Curtis

4:42 PM, Jul 19, 2011   |    comments
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Randleman, NC -- The Randolph County District Attorney has dropped charges against the former principal of Randleman Elementary School.

Melanie Cuttriss-Curtis had been charged with Failure to Report a Criminal Offense On School Property.  

District Attorney Garland Yates dismissed the charges after the North Carolina General Assembly amended the crime Cuttriss-Curtis was charged with.  The amendment eliminated any criminal penalty for violating the law.

The law now has the penalty for Failure to Report as exclusively "demotion or dismissal" of a school principal.

The original charges against Cuttriss-Curtis stem from an Indecent Liberties case involving a former teacher's aide at the school.  Richard Shane Silcox pled guilty on June 28 to felony offenses of Indecent Liberties with a Student and Indecent Liberties with a Child.  He also pled guilty to a misdemeanor offense of Sexual Battery. 

Prosecutors said Silcox's guilty plea to Sexual Battery involved the incident that was the basis of the charges against Cuttriss-Curtis. 

Silcox was sentenced to prison and must register as a sex offender.   

WFMY News 2 / Randolph County DA

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