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Perry teacher's assistant charged with molesting students

Posted: 12:03 PM, Feb 18, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-18 12:04:03-05

A former volunteer teacher's aide at an elementary school in Perry is charged with molesting students and the school's principal and a teacher are charged with failing to report the allegations.

Eighty-five-year-old Arnold Cowen faces 18 counts of lewd acts with a child, two counts of lewd or indecent proposals and one count of possessing child pornography.

An attorney listed for Cowen did not immediately return a phone call for comment Saturday.

Perry Upper Elementary Principal Kenda Miller and fifth-grade math teacher Jeffrey Sullins are both charged with misdemeanor failing to report child abuse or neglect.

Miller's attorney has filed a motion to dismiss the charge. No attorney is listed for Sullins.

Police say Miller and Sullins told investigators they didn't report the allegations because they believed they were false.

AP-WF-02-18-17 1647GMT

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