The criminal complaint alleges the Washington High School principal tried to silence the victim in a sexual assault because she was dating the man police said committed the assault.
Washington High School Principal Valencia Carthen, 42, is facing a felony charge and word of her arrest is spreading through the school.
“Everybody was on Facebook posting her mugshot and stuff,” Washington High School student Cherish Smith said.
The charges stem from a case last September in which Jason Cunningham is charged with sexual assault and strangulation/suffocation.
Carthen is accused of trying to intimidate the victim in that case, allegedly to get the woman to leave town.
Court documents show “Carthen told (the victim) that she knew where (the victim’s) family was in Mississippi.” And that the victim knew Carthen was an MPS principal, “which caused (the victim) to fear for her children’s safety as MPS students.”