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Moraga school’s sex scandal stirs passion—15 years later

Monday, June 4, 2012

This was to be a special week for Moraga elementary school principal Bill Walters (pictured), who’s retiring after 45 years as an educator. Now it’s anything but, after the Contra Costa Times revealed that Walters, as the town’s middle school principal 15 years ago, failed to report alleged sex abuse involving two teachers. One of them committed suicide before he could be prosecuted. The other, Julie Correa, is in prison after pleading no contest last year to raping a female student.

Add: Columnist Dan Borenstein over the weekend takes the K-8 school district and principal Bruce Burns to task for not moving to fire Walters last December, when the CoCo Times confronted him with records of Walters’ misdeeds. He also tears into the school board’s circling the wagons to shush up the scandal. Last year, 20 current or former staffers from the middle school—including at least three current teachers—showed up on Correa’s behalf at a bail reduction hearing. As for Walters, police say it’s too late to charge him with a crime because the statute of limitation has expired.
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