Trial for Broadway Neighborhood Center director Freeman pushed back

BY DI STAFF | MARCH 08, 2012 6:30 AM

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The trial for the director of the Broadway Neighborhood Center has been reset.

Susan Freeman-Murdah, 44, 217 Woodridge Ave., was charged Feb. 1 after she allegedly failed to report a sexual assault.

According to a complaint from Iowa City police, a teacher in the Headstart Program — which Freeman oversees — told Freeman a parent approached officials with concerns her daughter had been sexually assaulted in December 2011.

Freeman was charged with failing to fulfill her duties as a mandatory reporter because law requires her to report any sexual assault within 24 hours.

Assistant Johnson County prosecutor Meredith Rich-Chappell asked to push the trial date because the state's main law-enforcement witness, Detective Kevin Bailey, will be out-of-state the week the trial was originally set to begin, according to court documents.

Freeman-Murdah's attorney, Leon Spies, objected to the continuance. The motion was granted, however, and the pretrial conference was reset for March 26. The trial is now set to begin April 10.

— by Beth Bratsos

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