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Former NC principal, teacher sentenced on child porn charges

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Chadwick Hamby, 42, of Hendersonville, and Deborah Lee Tipton, 45, of Burt

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — A former charter school principal and a former special education teacher were sentenced to prison after being convicted on child pornography charges.

BlueRidgeNow.com reported that Chadwick Hamby, 42, of Hendersonville, and Deborah Lee Tipton, 45, of Burt, were sentenced Wednesday by U.S. District Court Judge Martin Reidinger.

Court documents said Tipton produced two sexually explicit videos of a child and sent them to Hamby online. Hamby admitted watching the videos before deleting them, according to documents.

Hamby had been the principal of Mountain Community School before leaving in May 2011. Tipton was a teacher at the school.

The case started after an extramarital affair between the two, which eventually fizzed out after Hambly left the school, said Cortney Escaravage, lead prosecutor for the U.S. government.

Authorities said Tipton created pornographic videos of a then-12-year-old girl and sent them to Hambly online to “excite him.” The victim was said to be one of Hamby’s former students and is currently undergoing therapy.

The judge sentenced Hamby to more than four years in prison, lifetime supervised release and to register as a sex offender for 15 years.

Tipton was sentenced to 18 years in prison, lifetime supervised release and to register as a sex offender for 25 years.

Hamby pleaded guilty last August to receiving child pornography. In September, Tipton pleaded guilty to possession and to transportation of child pornography. The two have been in custody for more than a year.

The judge said the fact that Hamby was the principal of a school where the victim attended made the case even more serious.

Read more: BlueRidgeNow.com

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