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DENVER -- Five former and current staff members at East High School in Denver have been charged with failing to report an alleged rape of a student.

East High School employees Jann Peterson, Jen Sculley, Eric Sinclair and Anita Curtiss are charged in the case. Former principal Andy Mendelsberg also has been charged.

Investigators say the incident happened off-campus in March 2016.

The Denver Post reports the girl told two school officials about the alleged assault, but said she did not want to press criminal charges.

The report said she was then bullied by other students for reporting it.

The Denver Police Department said it did not begin investigating until more than a year later when the victim's parents contacted it.

Denver Public Schools said Tuesday night its records indicate employees did notify officers about what happened.

"We know how important it is to ensure that any student who has concerns about inappropriate or unlawful sexual behavior be fully supported and that concerns about abuse be promptly reported to law enforcement," the district said in a statement.

"We shave strong policies and procedures in place to support students and are committed to ensuring a safe learning environment in our schools.

"Our records indicate that the district did notify the Denver Police Department of this incident in March 2016. We will continue to work with the police and District Attorney going forward to understand better their concerns in this case," a statement from DPS said.

Principal John Youngquist sent a letter to families about the situation.

An attorney said each of the five staff members are charged with one count of violation of persons required to report, a misdemeanor.

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