Elementary School Principal in Pennsylvania on Leave After Failing to Report Teen Son's Alleged Sexual Abuse of 5-Year-Old Girl: Officials

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May 29 2023, Published 12:06 p.m. ET

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Charges were filed against an elementary school principal in Pennsylvania due to his failure to report allegations of sexual abuse involving his adult son and a 5-year-old girl, according to authorities.

Nearly a year after his son, Matthew Mandalas, 19, was charged with inappropriately touching a 5-year-old girl, the Butler Eagle reported that Knoch Primary School principal Gregory Mandalas, 49, has been placed on paid administrative leave.

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The victim’s parents allegedly contacted Gregory Mandalas twice in August 2022 regarding their daughter’s allegations, the Butler Eagle reported.

Matthew Mandalas allegedly touched the 5-year-old’s vagina and he had her touch his penis, authorities said. Matthew was arrested weeks after the victim’s parents contacted Gregory Mandalas. As a school principal, Gregory was legally required to report the incident to authorities.

Butler state police public information officer, Bertha Cazy said, “(Mandated reporters) are required to report it in a timely manner, and Mr. (Gregory) Mandalas failed to do this,” the Butler Eagle reported.

Knoch School District Superintendent David Foley said in a letter to parents that the “charges and alleged conduct of Dr. Mandalas do not involve a Knoch School District student,” officials said.

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Matthew Mandalas was charged with felony corruption of minors and misdemeanor indecent assault, police said. Gregory Mandalas was charged with willfully failing to report child abuse as a mandated reporter.

Officials didn’t give details on the relationship Matthew had with the victim, but the case against him is ongoing.


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