Suspect Arrested for Unlawful Conduct With Minors
The Hemet Police Department has arrested an assistant principal from Tahquitz High School today. The arrest was made after a lengthy and in-depth investigation into what was first reported as possible inappropriate conduct between that staff member and a juvenile student at the same school. The adult staff member was immediately relieved of her duties and placed on administrative leave by the school district when the allegations were made on March 8th. Hemet Police detectives have been conducting their investigation since that date.
As a result of the investigation, police investigators arrested Erin Henton, 45 years old, on suspicion of sexual battery, oral copulation, sending harmful/inappropriate matter via electronic device, and abnormal sexual interest in children.
The incidents are believed to have occurred over several months. The incidents did not occur on the school campus. Police have identified three male victims, but the names of the minors will not be released. All three victims are or were students at Tahquitz High School.
The Hemet Police Department is very grateful for the assistance and cooperation received from the staff at Hemet Unified School District during the course of this investigation.
Henton’s bail amount has not yet been established while detectives seek an enhancement from the judge.
Anyone with further information is urged to contact Hemet Police Detective McNish, 951-765-2400.