UPDATED WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 1, 2012
Former Mountain Community School Principal Chad Hamby pled guilty Wednesday to federal charges of sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to our news coverage partners at the Hendersonville Times-News, Hamby, 41, of Hendersonville, accepted a plea deal in federal court in Asheville. He agreed to testify against his co-defendant, a former teacher at the Hendersonville charter school, on the federal charges if needed.
In exchange for Hamby’s cooperation, prosecutors will recommend that he receive the bottom of the sentencing range for his crime, which is a minimum of five years and no more than 20 years in prison. As part of his plea agreement, Hamby may be required to pay a $250,000 fine and be placed on supervised probation for life. He will be required to register as a sex offender, the newspaper reports.
Hamby was taken into custody after his arraignment and plea agreement. A sentencing hearing will be held at a later date.
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POSTED MONDAY, JULY 30, 2012
A former principal has been charged in U.S. District Court with one count of sexual exploitation of minors, according to court records, and a plea agreement has been filed with the court.
According to our news coverage partners at the Hendersonville Times-News, a federal bill of information states that on Sept. 10, 2011, Chadwick Hamby “did knowingly receive a visual depiction that had been shipped or transported ... including by computer, and the production of such visual depiction involved the use of a minor engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”
The bill of information was filed July 12, the newspaper reports. A confidential plea agreement has also been filed with the court, but is not available to the public.
An initial appearance, arraignment and plea hearing have been set for Wednesday in Asheville in U.S. District Court, according to court records.
Hamby is a Hendersonville resident and former principal at Mountain Community School. He was also charged at the state level with felony third-degree sexual exploitation of a minor.
According to the Times-News, a warrant says Hamby “asked for, received and viewed” two videos of a 12-year-old girl exposing her genitalia.
The videos were sent to Hamby by a teacher at Mountain Community School, Deborah Tipton, who was arrested in February and charged with one count of first-degree sexual exploitation of a minor for taking the videos and sending them, according to authorities.