More victims took the stand on Tuesday detailing abuse by former Hilton principal
ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Court is back in session in the trial of former Hilton Elementary School Principal Kirk Ashton. He’s accused of sexually abusing more than two dozen students over a nearly two-decade period.
News10NBC was in court for Tuesday’s testimony.
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More victims took the stand today to share what they say happened behind closed doors in Ashton’s office at Hilton’s Northwood Elementary. One longtime teacher also testified about Ashton’s behavior with mostly male students.
The teacher old jurors it seemed Ashton took more of an interest in male students than female students. She recalled how one time Ashton came into her classroom to talk to a male student who was having a problem that day. She claimed Ashton leaned over the boy, and whispered something in his ear before ruffling his hair. The teacher said she the interaction stood out to her, and seemed wrong.
Earlier in the day some former male students recounted how they often went to Ashton’s office. They were either sent there for misbehaving in class, or invited by Ashton to be a part of his “Lunch Bunch” group. The group would eat their lunch in his office, or get extra help with their reading. Each says Ashton inappropriately touched them on multiple occasions.