Former Principal Guilty Of Sexual Assault

A former East Texas school principal has been found guilty of sexual assault and indecency with a child by a Rusk County jury today. 42 year old Russell Thomas Hirner is the former principal of Longview Baptist Temple, Baptist Academy.

He was arrested last year, after being accused of having sexual contact with four children at his Kilgore home. The sentencing phase is expected to continue into tomorrow. Hirner also faces similar charges in Gregg county.