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Corinth principal indicted for sexual crimes against children

Michael Casabella (Source: Alcorn County Jail) Michael Casabella (Source: Alcorn County Jail)

A high school principal found himself behind bars, accused of sexual battery against students.

Michael Shane Casabella, 37, was indicted last week on three charges of fondling, two counts of sexual battery, one count of computer luring, and three counts of exploitation of a child.

Casabella was the principal of a small Corinth private school, North Corinth Christian Academy. He worked there for years and many residents and parents are in shock at the allegations against him.

Casabella is accused of touching a child who was younger than 16 years old at the Corinth Sportsplex and at her home. He's accused of touching the same child at the school where he was her principal between January 2013 and June 2015.

Casabella is also accused of receiving sexually explicit photos of a child under the age of 18.

Casabella is currently free on a $40,000 bond.

"If it's true, it's really upsetting," Carol Russell said.

"It's sad. It's real sad," Keith Haynes said. "I think Mr. Casabella was probably at the wrong place at the wrong time."

Haynes said Casabella used to attend church with him at North Corinth Baptist Church where Casabella was a youth pastor. 

"This is definitely not like his character," Haynes said.

Two other indictments came down for Casabella last month. One alleged Casabella had inappropriate sexual contact with another underage girl on two occasions between July 2010 and June 2012.

The other indictment alleged between December 2012 and January 2013, Casabella received sexually explicit images of a child under 18 years of age.

"It makes you be more aware of what your children are doing," Russell said.

Casabella is no longer principal at the school. His father said he resigned when the accusations came out. 

His father spoke with WMC Action News 5 on the phone and said the charges are false and there is "much more" to the story that will come out in court. He said he has no comment at this time.

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