A former elementary college principal was sentenced Wednesday to 63 years in jail for sexually abusing 21 college students over a number of years.
Kirk Ashton, 52, was the highest administrator at Northwood Elementary College in Hilton from 2004 to April 2021.
District Legal professional Sandra Doorley stated that between 2014 and final yr Ashton focused younger boys who wanted further help and “groomed and abused” them in his workplace.
Mother and father of a number of victims spoke on the sentencing, some describing their youngsters’s psychological anguish whereas dwelling with a secret they saved for years.
“Instead of signing our boys up for more activities, we are all signing them up for more counseling,” one mom stated in a press release, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.
Ashton didn’t deal with the packed courtroom.
He was discovered responsible of sexual abuse and baby endangerment final month. Underneath state legislation, Ashton will serve 20 years of the 63-year sentence, Assistant District Legal professional Sara Vanstrydonck stated.