Second day of deliberations wraps up without a decision in case against Hilton principal accused of sexually abusing students

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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – No verdict yet in the Kirk Ashton trial. Jurors just wrapped up their second day of deliberations, without a decision.

Ashton is the former Hilton Principal accused of sexually abusing more than two dozen students at Northwood Elementary School.

The 12 jurors spent most of Friday listening to the court reporter read back testimony from several witnesses.

The read-backs contained the testimonies of several students, their parents, and school employees at Northwood Elementary School. Kirk Ashton is accused of inappropriately touching two dozen male students. He is facing 50 counts, including course sexual conduct against a child in the second degree, sexual abuse in the first degree, and endangering the welfare of a child.

More than 50 witnesses took the stand for the prosecution in the nearly three-week-long trial. Ashton’s attorney, Jason Housel, rested his case without calling a single witness, including Ashton himself. Ashton, who was principal at Northwood Elementary for 17 years was charged back in 2021.

If convicted he could face up to 20 years in prison. The jury will continue deliberations next week.