SAN JOSE — A California jury convicted a former San Jose principal on Monday of failing to report suspected sexual abuse of a child by a teacher.
Lyn Vijayendran was found guilty of the misdemeanor after jurors deliberated for two days.
The former principal of O.B. Whaley Elementary School was sentenced to six months court probation, $602 in fines and 100 hours of community service.
Vijayendran testified Thursday that the teacher appeared forthright when he told her an incident during which he allegedly blindfolded a second-grade girl and put something in her mouth was part of a lesson plan about Helen Keller.
The law requires principals, teachers and others who come into contact with children to report suspected child abuse.
The charge came after Vijayendran was told last fall of a possible molestation and she determined through her own investigation that no crime had been committed, authorities said. Police later found four more girls at the school that were believed to have been molested.