PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — The Providence City Council has backed off a proposal calling for an independent investigation into whether officials at an elementary school failed to properly report allegations that a gym teacher had groped female students.

The council approved a resolution on Monday calling on the police department to conduct a thorough and prompt investigation into how officials at Harry Kizirian Elementary School handled the allegations of sexual misconduct.

An earlier proposed resolution had called for an independent investigation separate from the ongoing police investigation.

James Duffy, a gym teacher at the school, is charged with five counts of second-degree child molestation. The alleged victims are fifth-graders.

He did not enter a plea at his arraignment in late June and has not responded to the charges.


This corrects that the city council did not call for an independent investigation, but rather, approved a resolution calling for investigation by police department.