3 Robertson County administrators arrested for not reporting child sex abuse
April 24, 2013 06:10 PM
Karen "Renae" Fehrman, 46, Principal of East Robertson Elementary School
Kecia Young, 30, Assistant Principal of East Robertson Elementary School
Donna Dorris, 62, Administrator with Robertson County Schools
CROSS PLAINS, Tenn. -
Three Robertson County administrators have been arrested for not reporting alleged cases of child sex abuse.
Karen Fehrman, 46, Principal of East Robertson Elementary School; 30-year-old Kecia Young, Assistant Principal of East Robertson Elementary School; and 62-year-old Donna Dorris, Supervisor of Student Services/Records for Robertson County Schools were arrested just after 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.
They face charges of failure to report known or suspected child sexual abuse.
Communications Coordinator with Robertson County Schools, Jim Bellis, issued a statement later Tuesday.
"Robertson County Schools cooperated fully with the Sheriff's Office during their investigation. As a district, we are shocked that the Sheriff's Office and District Attorney's Office have pursued this matter to this point after examining the documented facts."
Bellis continued, "Based on those facts as provided to the Sheriff's Office we have no doubt of the innocence of these educators and that they will be cleared of all charges."
The statement also said they will continue to cooperate and know their administrators have the best interest of their students at heart.
The school employees were booked into the Robertson County Detention Center and released on $1,000 bond each around 7 p.m. Tuesday.
Bellis told Nashville's News 2 the school officials took Wednesday off but will be back at work on Thursday.
Nashville attorney Gary Blackburn filed a lawsuit in February on behalf of two families who claim their young sons were sexually abused at East Robertson Elementary last year.
The parents say the educators didn't do enough to protect the children.
"They complained to the teachers, the teachers and principals did nothing responsive to those complaints," Blackburn told Nashville's News 2.
"I don't think these are people with bad intentions. I think these are people who are untrained. I just want them to start paying attention to dangerous situations with children," he continued.
Ferhman, Young and Dorris are scheduled to appear in court May 3 at 9 a.m.