Married school principal commits suicide after being caught with young girl in dark roomBy Mason White 1:21 PM June 10, 2014
By: Devansh Dutt
(Scroll down for video) A school principal is dead after being accused of sexually assaulting a young girl, police in California said.
Hanford Police said that the elementary school principal fatally shot himself as police were ready to search his house a week after he was seen in his office with a fifth grader, with the lights off.
At 7:30 a.m. on Friday, police arrived to serve Lance Clement, with a search warrant when they heard a gunshot. When the officers rushed the front door, his wife told them that her 42-year-old husband, who has children, shot himself dead.
Clement was the principal at the Orange Center Elementary School for four years. He had been under investigation for a week, after a school employee saw him in his office with the girl, police said.
The employee called the sheriff’s office to tell them about the incident. However, investigators had spoken with Clement and the child, and they determined that nothing inappropriate happened.
Investigators also questioned about twenty students, who said that the principal regularly invited girls of the fifth grade into his office. The interviews produced evidence of sexual assault or lewd acts with a minor.
Clement had given various gifts to the girls. After the interviews, police obtained a search warrant for his house after they found the hard drive missing from his school computer.
Police will continue with the investigation despite his death because the parents of the children need to know what really happened at school. The investigation could also establish whether a child needs counseling.
Clement has worked with children all his life.