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Attorney for Riverdale families releases scathing letter

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A photo of Williams sent home with a Riverdale student (Source: Blanton family) A photo of Williams sent home with a Riverdale student (Source: Blanton family)
A photo taken from surveillance video of the incident involving Ian Nelson. A photo taken from surveillance video of the incident involving Ian Nelson.
The Nelson family, part of the original claim against the teacher (Source: WTOL) The Nelson family, part of the original claim against the teacher (Source: WTOL)
(Toledo News Now) -

The attorney representing two Riverdale Elementary students who claim to have been abused by a teacher released a scathing letter he sent to the Hancock County Prosecutor on Tuesday.

In the letter, attorney Daniel Margolis says, "the government entities that exist to investigate, charge and prosecute child abuse and crimes against children in both Hancock and Wyandot counties are hopelessly compromised."

Margolis claims law enforcement never interviewed Ian Nelson, the first alleged victim to come forward. He also says there was "no effort made to identify other victims of abuse as no law enforcement agency requested any other people to come forward if they have information."

Margolis concludes the letter by requesting the investigation be turned over to the Ohio Bureau of Criminal Investigation.

"We are asking, demanding, on behalf of these two children, you request BCI take over these two cases, have an impartial special prosecutor appointed to investigate these cases. The special prosecutor would then direct a neutral law enforcement agency not tainted by an overt conflict of interest, and allow the chips to fall where they may."

On Monday, Bryce and April Blanton of Forest, OH came forward to say their son was also abused by Barbara Williams. Williams had already been caught on tape lifting up kindergartner Ian Nelson by the face. (Click here for video of that incident)

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