Elementary school principal arrested, accused of sexually abusing multiple students

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HILTON, N.Y. — An elementary school principal has been hit with several felony counts after police say he sexually abused students.

Kirk Ashton, the principal at Northwood Elementary School, faces nine counts of endangering the welfare of a child, six counts of first-degree sexual abuse and five counts of second-degree course of sexual conduct.

Prosecutors allege Ashton’s victims were boys between the ages of 9 and 12.

The Hilton School District released this statement:

“On April 8, the District informed staff and Northwood Elementary School parents about the placement of Principal Kirk Ashton on administrative leave pending an investigation. Late today, the New York State Police informed the District that, following an investigation, Mr. Ashton is being charged with multiple counts of inappropriate sexual conduct with male students.

The School District has been cooperating fully with the State Police. Our primary concern is for our students. Our District crisis team has formulated a plan to support students and staff, and counselors are available for students throughout the day. In addition, the District has been working closely with the Bivona Child Advocacy Center throughout the investigation and will continue to do so.

The District commends the individuals who initially brought this information forward and thanks the New York State Police for their prompt and thorough response.”

Tweet from Ashton’s Twitter account.

No further details were available.

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