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School psychologist accused of not reporting alleged sexual assault appears in court

Cranston school psychologist George Blessing appears in Kent County District Court in Warwick on Tuesday, April 18, 2017. (WJAR)

A Cranston school psychologist accused of not reporting an alleged sexual assault appeared in court Tuesday.

Police said a student at Cranston High School West told George Blessing in February that she had been sexually assaulted by Charles Pearson, a science teacher at the school.

Blessing is required by law to report the complaint to the Department of Children, Youth & Families within 24 hours, but police said he never did.

Blessing entered a not guilty plea at Kent County Superior Court. He is currently on paid, administrative leave from the school as the investigation continues.

Blessing was charged with a misdemeanor for failure to report sexual abuse of a child in an educational program.

Blessing, who is out on bond, is due back in court in May. His lawyer, Jason Knight, told NBC 10 News that his client vigorously denies the charge.

Police said Pearson inappropriately touched four female students at Cranston West, at least one of those alleged assaults happened after a student notified Blessing that she'd been a victim.

Pearson has been charged with 12 counts of second-degree sexual assault. He is currently out on bond and is also on paid, administrative leave from Cranston West.

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