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3/01/04 - Rusk County

Another Victim Comes Forward In Molestation Case

As of Monday, eight female victims have told authorities 41-year-old Russell Thomas Hirner molested them over the last 10 years. Hirner is a former Christian school principal in Longview.

All of the alleged incidents took place at Hirner's home in Kilgore in Rusk County.

Hirner was arraigned Monday in a Rusk County courtroom. The former principal of the Longview Baptist Academy was brought up on four counts of sexual performance by a child. Authorities say their investigation could lead to more victims.

Hirner's bond has been set at $120,000. Officials in Rusk County say this case could take a while. Prosecutors aren't expected to be ready for a Wednesday grand jury. The next time they meet is in May.

Chris Gibson, reporting

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