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The Covington News - - Opinion -

Last week a break­ing story was placed on our web­site cov­news.com, it in­volved a 19-year-old teen who al­legedly as­saulted a 14-year-old girl.

This story be­gan with an ini­tial re­lease that showed up in our weekly po­lice log.

The in­for­ma­tion from the story which later ap­peared in the Cov­ing­ton News on Fri­day was pro­vided by a pub­lic in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer from the sher­iff’s of­fice.

A fam­ily mem­ber of the young girl came to our of­fice the day the story was re­leased on our web­site.

The fam­ily mem­ber was very up­set be­cause the fam­ily of the young girl was told by legal of­fi­cials from the child pro­tec­tion agency that none of this would come out un­til af­ter a trial.

Who­ever told the fam­ily that did them a dis­ser­vice and did not un­der­stand that if you do some­thing like this it for sure is go­ing to be be­come pub­lic record.

It is not one of our great­est joys to print sto­ries like this, we make ev­ery ef­fort to en­sure that the vic­tim is not iden­ti­fied, but we pub­lish it with­out editorial opin­ion, be­cause as re­ported to us it is the fact and that’s what news­pa­pers are sup­posed to do, print the facts and hap­pen­ings of the good and bad in the com­mu­nity it serves.

The fam­ily mem­ber that talked to us asked us what we would feel or do if it was our child that was in­volved with this sad story.

First we would be mor­ti­fied and heartbroken just like this fam­ily mem­ber was and then we would print the story; be­cause we don’t make or con­trol the news — we just re­port it.

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