High School Vice Principal Accused of Having Sex With Students

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    Erin Henton, the vice principal of Tahquitz High School in Hemet, was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of having sex with three of her male students, all under the age of 18. Tony Shin reports from Hemet for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on April 3, 2013. (Published Wednesday, Apr 3, 2013)

    A high school vice principal in Riverside County was arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of having sex with three of her teenage students.

    The vice principal of Tahquitz High School, Erin Henton, 45, is being held on $1 million bail.

    She is accused of having a six-month long sexual relationship with three male students, all under the age of 18, authorities said.

    Henton was arrested on suspicion of sexual battery, oral copulation, and abnormal sexual interest in children, according to the Hemet Police Department.

    Henton also allegedly exchanged "improper, illegal" images with the boys via text message, said Lt. Duane Wisehart. Police do not believe the alleged encounters happened on campus.

    Parent Debbie Midgley said the news is stunning.

    "I think it’s really sad because she was a person of trust," Midgley said.

    Midgley’s son said he heard rumors about a month ago.

    "At first I thought it was just a dumb rumor and now it’s not so dumb anymore," Justin Midgley said.

    On March 8, a parent of one of the alleged victims came forward after discovering the suspected sexual relationship, according to Hemet police detectives.

    The school district put Henton on paid administrative during the investigation. During that time, detectives said they found two more victims.

    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.

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