Court overturns Muncie principal's conviction in rape case


The state's court of appeals has thrown out a local principal's conviction for failing to properly report a student's rape.

A judge sentenced former Muncie Central High School Principal Chris Smith to 100 hours of community service. The court convicted him of forcing a 16-year-old girl to sit in his office for hours after she said she was raped in a school restroom in 2010.

"The State needed to present evidence which proved the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt, and not merely present facts which tend to arouse suspicion of guilt," the court wrote in its ruling.

The appeals court found that a center for troubled youth was alerted 20 minutes after the claim.

Steven B. Moore, a former Muncie Central student who was 16 at the time, was charged and convicted in the rape. He was sentenced to four years in prison in 2011.