Thursday, October 4, 2012

Deborah Tipton Pleads Guilty



Deborah Lee Tipton, 45-year-old teacher at Mountain Community School, Hendersonville, North Carolina, has pleaded guilty to two federal charges in connection with a sexually explicit video of a 12-year-old girl that she sent to her former principal.


Tipton faces up to 30 years in prison and $500,000 in fines when she is sentenced. In a plea bargain with the government, Tipton pleaded guilty to possession of child pornography and transporting child porn over the Internet. Prosecutors agreed to drop a charge of production of child porn.

Tipton was arrested in February this year and was later fired from her job as a special-education teacher at The Mountain Community School where had worked at the charter school since 2005.

She must forfeit her home at 161 Long John Dr. to the government, along with two laptops and a video flip camera. She will also have to register as a sex offender.

According to documents,  in September 2011 Tipton sent a video of a girl exposing her genitals to Chad Hamby, a former principal at the Hendersonville charter school. The victim was not a students of Tipton's, investigators have said. Hamby pleaded guilty last month to a child pornography charge buthe hasn’t been sentenced yet. Authorities said Hamby received the images of the girl from Tipton. He remains jailed without bond pending sentencing. He was principal at the school for 12 years before leaving in June 2011. Hamby was hired as assistant principal and athletic director at Brevard High School. He quit that job the day before he was arrested.

Source:
Hendersonville Female Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes

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