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Sep 2, 2013 6:01 PM by Associated Press

Report questions handling of Calif. abuse claims

MORAGA, Calif. (AP) - A police report obtained by a newspaper says officials at a San Francisco Bay area school district may have failed to report allegations of abuse against a teacher in the 1990s.

The Contra Costa Times (http://bit.ly/1fs8YuT ) reports that the 1996 report was written by Moraga police Detective Julie Valdez. Valdez said then Moraga School District Superintendent John Cooley told her he did not feel comfortable giving her statements that had been made against the teacher, Daniel Witters. Valdez said she eventually obtained the reports against Witters and noticed that two were from 1994 and 1995.

But Valdez said Moraga police had no record of those reports.

Witters was never charged and killed himself.

Four women have since sued the school district, alleging that the failure to act on suspicions involving Witter led to their subsequent abuse.

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