Former High School Vice Principal Pleads Guilty to Sex With Students

She was arrested after a victim's parent discovered the sexual relationship between their son and his vice principal

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    Hemet Police Department
    Erin Henton, the former vice principal of Tahquitz High School in Hemet, pleaded guilty Aug. 26, 2013, to having sex with three male students at the school. Police released this image after her April 2013 arrest.

    A former high school vice principal was sentenced to a year in jail and three years’ probation Monday after pleading guilty to having sex with three teenage students, according to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

    Erin Renee Henton, 45, will also have to register as a sex offender for the duration of her three-year probation.

    The felonies Henton pleaded guilty to do not require her to register as a sex offender. That portion of the sentence was requested by the DA’s office as part of a plea agreement, said John Hall, spokesman for the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office.

    In addition to jail time and probation, Henton was ordered to attend 10 Alcoholics Anonymous and 25 Sex Addicts Anonymous meetings, Hall said.

    The former vice principal at Tahquitz High School pleaded guilty to having sex with three male students, all under the age of 18, authorities said.

    In April, Henton was arrested after a parent of one of the teenage victims discovered the sexual relationship and called authorities, according to the Hemet Police Department.

    She was accused of sexual battery, oral copulation and abnormal interest in children, authorities said at the time.

    Police said the former school administrator exchanged “improper, illegal” images with the boys via text message, and do not believe the alleged encounters happened on the Hemet campus.

    Henton had two daughters with connections to the high school where her victims attended. One was a student at Tahquitz High School at the time of her mother’s arrest. It’s unclear if she still goes to the school.

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