Odessa principal cited for failing to report allegations of abuse on time

ODESSA -- An Odessa elementary school principal has been charged after authorities say she failed to report allegations of abuse on time.

Linda Voss, 52. (Photo: Ector County Sheriff's Office)

Linda Voss, 52, has been charged with Failure to Report, a Class A Misdemeanor.

According to an arrest affidavit, the Ector County ISD Police Department was notified of a possible indecency with a child complaint made at Travis Elementary on January 14.

The next morning an officer went to the school and met with female students who had made an outcry to a substitute teacher.

The officer then learned that the incident had happened on January 10, but no reports had been made to police or CPS that day.

The officer's investigation revealed that three 11-year-old students made an outcry to a substitute teacher on January 10. The students were then sent to the front office to tell the school's principal, Voss.

According to the affidavit, on January 15 Voss called ECISD Police Dispatch asking why an officer was at the school without her permission.

Days later the officer spoke with Voss who said that she had learned of the students' outcry on January 10. The affidavit states that Voss told the officer that she had interviewed one of the students the following day and did not notify authorities until January 15 or 16.

The officer was then able to obtain a notification sent to CPS by Voss on January 16.

Police say that Voss is required to report sexual abuse of a child to CPS or law enforcement within 48 hours. Since the report was filed days later, she was charged with Failure to Report.

Our news partners at the Odessa American report that Voss has been placed on paid administrative leave.

Ector County ISD states that no faculty or staff members are involved other than the complaint regarding the failure to report the incident.