Update: Former Asheville Area Charter School Principal Bond Denied, Accused Of Child Sex Crime
By Wspa Staff
Updated: April 17, 2012 at 4:47 a.m.
According to the "Asheville Citizen-Times" a judge has ruled former Henderson County teacher arrested on federal child pornography charges must remain in custody pending trial.
The judge in the case said, allegations contained in a sealed search warrant affidavit are so troubling that Deborah Lee Tipton will have to stay in jail.
Tipton, 44, pleaded not guilty at her arraignment hearing Monday to charges that she videotaped a 12-year-old girl’s genitalia and shared the video.
She also requested a jury trial.
Howell told Tipton she faces a maximum of 60 years in prison and a $750,000 fine.
Updated: March 7, 2012 at 6 a.m.
There are new details in the case of a Henderson County teacher accused of a child sex crime.
The principal of Mountain Community School said 45-year-old Deborah Lee Tipton has been fired from her job.
Investigators say she videotaped an 11-year-old girl in the shower and sent the video to the charter school's former principal.
Tipton is out of jail on bond.
Posted: February 24, 2012
The former principal of Mountain Community School in Hendersonville made his first court appearance on Friday.
Chadwick Hamby, 42, is charged with third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office, Hamby received two videotapes of a 12-year-old exposing herself that were recorded by a Mountain Community School teacher.
Investigators say Deborah Tipton, 45, videotaped the minor. Deputies believe the incident occurred between Aug. 1 and Feb. 21. Tipton taught special education and math at the charter school.
She was arrested on Wednesday and is charged with first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
Authorities would not disclose how the alleged incident was reported, but investigators say it didn't take place on school property.
Mountain Community School principal Denise Pesce adds no students were involved in the alleged incident.
Parents say they're shocked by the news.
“I haven't ever heard anything bad about it up until this point," said parent Jade Craw.
“You always hope it’s an isolated incident, but the way the things are now, you just never really know. You are always going to be scared,” said another woman, who wanted to remain anonymous to protect the identity of her niece, a kindergarten student at Mountain Community School.
Tipton is currently suspended, however, administrators would not comment if she is suspended with or without pay.
Since July, Hamby has been working as an assistant principal and athletic director at Brevard High School. Transylvania School District says he resigned on Wednesday.
Deputies say the investigation is on-going and no other victims are believed to be involved.
Tipton remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Her next court appearance is on March 2.
Hamby is out on a $8,000 bond. The judge set a March 16 date for a probable cause hearing.