Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Vice Principal Erin Henton accused of sex with several students


Erin Henton, 45-year-old assistant principal at Tahquitz High School, Hemet, California, has been arrested on suspicion of having sex with at least three of her teenage students.

Henton had been under investigation since March 8 by Hemet police after one of the boy’s parents reported that she suspected that their son was having sexual relationship with his High School principal. Henton was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery, oral copulation, and abnormal sexual interest in children. She is accused of having a six-month long sexual relationship with three male students. Henton also allegedly exchanged “improper, illegal” images with the boys via text message. If convicted, she could face up to 10 years and four months in prison. According to charges Erin Henton had sexual intercourses with students and performed oral sex on them.

Hemet police do not believe the alleged encounters happened on campus, though all three males are students at Tahquitz High School. The school district put Henton on paid administrative during the investigation. During that time, detectives said they found two more victims. Henton has served as director of the Tahquitz associated student body and was involved in student athletics.

Henton has two daughters with connections to the high school where her alleged victims attend. One of her daughters used to be a tutor there, and the other is currently a student.

The Hemet Unified School District issued a statement on Henton’s arrest:
“The investigation involving an employee of Tahquitz High School for alleged crimes committed against a minor has resulted in an arrest,” the statement read. “We take these situations very seriously and have taken appropriate personnel actions in response to this arrest to ensure the safety of our students and staff.”

Sources:
High School Principal and Mom of Two Accused of Sex with Three Teen Boys
California Vice Principal Accused of Sex with Several Students

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