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4/12/05-Rusk County

Trial Begins For Former Principal Accused Of Sexually Assaulting Children

A former Longview Christian school principal is on trial for sexual assault and indecency with a child.

Opening arguments got underway today for 42-year-old Russell Thomas Hirner. Hirner was jailed last year in Rusk County. Prosecutors told jurors Hirner had sexual contact with four children at his home in Kilgore.

He's the former principal of the Longview Baptist Temple, Baptist Academy. Hirner also faces similar charges in Gregg County. A former student told investigators he fondled her on several occasions.

Amy Tatum, reporting. atatum@kltv.com

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