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ACHS director to appear in court again on August 29

ATLANTIC CITY — A city high school principal accused of failing to report a case of child molestation is scheduled to appear in court again next month, according to court officials.

Constance Days-Chapman is scheduled to appear before Atlantic County Superior Court Judge Bernard DeLury on Aug. 29. She is charged with official misconduct, hindering the apprehension of another person, obstructing justice and failing to report child abuse.

Days-Chapman was initially expected to appear in court on Thursday, but her attorney, Lee Vartan, said at a May 28 pre-arraignment hearing that he and his client likely would not appear in court unless prosecutors provided additional information.

She has not pleaded guilty and does not intend to do so because Vartan believes the case will ultimately be dismissed due to lack of evidence.

Earlier this year, the teenage daughter of Mayor Marty Small Sr. and Superintendent La’Quetta Small told school officials that she was being physically and emotionally abused at home, according to court documents.

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The claim led to an investigation that resulted in Days-Chapman being charged with failing to report alleged abuse and the Smalls being charged with child endangerment in connection with allegations of assault against their teenage daughter.

The attorney representing Atlantic City High School principal Constance Days-Chapman, who is accused of abuse of power, believes the case will ultimately be dismissed due to lack of evidence.

According to prosecutors, the employee informed Days-Chapman about her daughter’s claim of abuse. Days-Chapman said she would report the matter to the state Division of Child Protection and Permanency.

According to authorities, Days-Chapman then allegedly met with the girl’s parents at their home and informed them that the student had told staff about the abuse.

However, prosecutors said, it was later determined that Days-Chapman failed to report the abuse when required by law and school district policy.

Court documents say Days-Chapman did not report the incident to protect the girl’s parents from the investigation.

Days-Chapman was later replaced as high school principal by Donald Harris.

Days-Chapman managed Mayor Small’s 2021 re-election campaign and serves as chairwoman of the city’s Democratic Committee, but has been asked to take a leave of absence from that position pending the outcome of her case.

Vartan said if convicted, she faces five to 10 years in prison.

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