Principal Abused 9 students on school grounds: Kirk Ashton Wiki, Biography
A long-time principal in the Hilton Central School District is in jail after being charged with sexually abusing nine young boys who were students.
Kirk Ashton, who has served as principal of Northwood Elementary School for 17 years, is facing 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.
Where He was Arrested and Bail Amount?
Ashton was arrested at a restaurant and brought to Greece Town Court Wednesday night to be arraigned. He is being held in the Monroe County Jail on $500,000 bail or $2.5 million bond.
Ashton had been placed on leave last week “pending an investigation into information brought forward to the district”, a district spokesperson said at the time.
How old is Kirk Ashton?
He is 51 years old.
Kirk Ashton Wikipedia
Northwood Elementary School principal Kirk Ashton, 51, is accused of abusing boys, between the ages of eight and 12, while on school grounds and during school hours. The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle reported that New York State Police got involved on March 26, when an anonymous person called the state child abuse hotline regarding sexual abuse allegations at the school.
Eight protective orders were issued against Ashton, who is charged with first-degree sexual abuse, second-degree course of sexual conduct, and endangering the welfare of a child. The ninth victim’s mother declined an order as she wanted to prevent her son’s identity from being publicized, according to the news outlet.
Criminal Record and Investigations
The Democrat and Chronicle also reported that Ashton has two convictions for driving while intoxicated: one from 1998 which was a misdemeanor and the other — a felony — from 2007. Under state law, a professional license is revoked or denied only if the individual is found to pose a risk to the public.
Ashton received his certifications to teach pre-kindergarten through sixth grade and special education in 1996. He earned a permanent certificate to work as a school administrator in 2001, per the news outlet.
Reports indicated that Ashton’s wife is the superintendent of Honeoye Central School District in Ontario County. The couple has three adult children.
WROC reported that New York State Police opened an investigation into the Hilton School District last week, prompting Ashton to go on administrative leave.
Monroe County Assistant District Attorney Sara VanStrydonck said their investigation is ongoing, and she suggested there may be more victims. Ashton remains jailed on a $1 million bond or $500,000 cash bail.