Updated: June 11, 2021 05:41 PM
Created: June 11, 2021 09:56 AM
HILTON, N.Y. (WHEC) — A federal lawsuit has been filed against a Hilton elementary school principal accused of sexually abusing multiple students over several years.
The lawsuit was filed on Thursday by a family against Kirk Ashton, as well as Hilton Superindentent Dr. Casey Kosiorek and the district.
According to the lawsuit, the sexual assaults would occur on a nearly daily basis inside the school.
Beginning in or around 2017, a second-grade teacher instructed a student to go to Ashton's office where he was to eat lunch and work. On each occasion, Ashton would ask for a hug, and then direct the student to sit on his lap. During each occasion, Ashton would touch the student in an area close to his genital area, as well as rubbed and caressed his legs, buttocks, waistline, thighs, and shoulders.
Ashton was indicted on seven counts of second-degree course of sexual conduct against a child, 11 counts of endangering the welfare of a child, and seven counts of first-degree sexual abuse.
Ashton has been on administrative leave since April 8.
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