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Former Hendersonville Teacher Pleads Guilty To Sex Crimes

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A former teacher from Hendersonville pled guilty Wednesday morning to two federal charges in connection with a sexually explicit video of a 12-year-old girl that she sent to her former principal.  

According to our news coverage partners at the Hendersonville Times-News, Deborah Lee Tipton pled guilty to transporting sexually explicit images of a child over the internet and possessing material depicting a minor engaged in sexual conduct. Under the terms of her plea agreement, a count of sexual exploitation of children, which carries a life sentence if convicted, was dismissed. 

Tipton, 45, was a teacher at Mountain Community School last September when, according to the indictment, she sent a video of a girl exposing her genitals to Chad Hamby, a former principal at the Hendersonville charter school. She was later fired from her teaching position on Feb. 29.

As a result of the plea agreement, the Times-News reports that Tipton must forfeit her home, along with two laptops and a video flip camera. She will also have to register as a sex offender.

She faces a maximum penalty of five to 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine for transporting sexually explicit images of a minor, and no more than 10 years and a $250,000 fine for possessing the images. She also faces prosecution on state charges in connection with the video.

She will be sentenced at a later date, after a pre-sentencing report is complete, the newspaper reports.

To read the entire article from the Hendersonville Times-News, click here.

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