NY elementary school principal accused of sexually abusing at least 9 students

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HILTON, N.Y. (WROC) — A New York elementary school principal accused of sexually abusing students was charged with a list of felony counts Wednesday night.

Northwood Elementary School principal Kirk Ashton was charged with multiple counts of inappropriate sexual conduct with students. The Monroe County District Attorney’s Office said nine male victims have come forward with offenses dating back at least four years.

Prosecutors said the victims were boys between 8 and 12 years old.

Ashton had been the principal of Northwood Elementary School in Hilton for the last 17 years.

Eight orders of protection were issued Wednesday. Ashton is being held on $500,000 cash bail, $1,000,000 bond and has pleaded not guilty.

Ashton was placed on administrative leave last week after New York State Police opened an investigation into the Hilton School District.

Superintendent Casey Kosiorek sent a note to parents in the district Wednesday evening informing them of the charges against Ashton.

“I want to assure you that the District has been cooperating fully with the State Police,” he said. “Our primary concern is for our students.”

He said a crisis team is working to support students and staff, and counselors have been made available to students.

Associated Press contributed to this report.

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