Former Tri-West principal charged with failing to report accusations of coach's inappropriate relationship

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HENDRICKS COUNTY, Ind. -- Tri-West's former principal now faces a criminal charge for failing to report a coach's alleged inappropriate relationship with a student to officials.

We previously reported that Tyler Bruce is accused of having an inappropriate relationship with a student. He faces three felony charges in the case: child seduction, attempted child seduction, and obstruction of justice.

Now, we are learning that Tri-West's principal at the time of the allegations, Adam Benner, faces a charge of failure to make a report in the case. The charge comes as court documents detail allegations that school officials first received a tip about an inappropriate relationship between Bruce and the student on Feb. 7, 2019. A concerned parent contacted Michael Springer, the North West Hendricks Schools superintendent, about Bruce working out in the weight room alone with the student. Springer relayed the information to Tri-West High School Principal Adam Benner.

“Everyone is a mandated reporter in the state, every adult is a mandated reporter,” said Sandy Runkle Delorme, Program Director for Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, “It's pretty simple, if you have reason to believe that a child is a victim of child abuse or neglect, you make a report to the Department of Child Services (DCS).”

The school did not contact DCS, according to information in the probable cause. Instead, the tips were discussed at an administrator’s meeting and Benner told the other administrators that any additional information regarding Bruce and the student should be brought directly to him.

Springer has since stepped down from his position as superintendent, and Benner is no longer at Tri-West.

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