A Blaine County man accused of sending nude photos to and having sex with a 13-year-old boy at a Ketchum business he is part owner of is still in custody at the Blaine County jail with a $150,000 bond set for his release.
Craig H. Lee, 47, was arraigned in 5th District Court in Hailey on Wednesday, Oct. 28, on two felony counts of sexual abuse of a minor under 16. Lee allegedly sent nude photos to the boy on the gay dating app Grindr on Sept. 8 and allegedly had sex with him the next day after regular business hours in the back room of Tater Tots, a children’s clothing boutique.
Judge Jennifer L.K. Haemmerle on Oct. 28 assigned attorney Cheri Hicks to represent Lee as his public defender.
Blaine County School District Superintendent GwenCarol Holmes on Monday released a statement regarding Brad Henson, principal of Alturas Elementary School in Hailey, and his relationship with Lee.
“After learning that Brad Henson’s partner was charged with two felonies, our immediate actions were to determine if there had been any risk to our students. Our investigation has not found any risk to our students.” Holmes stated. “The safety and peace of mind of our parents, students and staff is paramount. The district has been and remains in close contact with the Sheriff’s Office. All information to date from the Sheriff’s Office is that Mr. Henson is not a focus of this investigation.”
On Tuesday, Sheriff Gene Ramsey said Henson has never been a target of the investigation, noting that the investigation is ongoing.
Blaine County School District Director of Communications Heather Crocker said in a statement Monday that Holmes recently met with parents of students who attend Alturas Elementary to inform them about the situation.
“The district notified Alturas parents last week about the situation. Over 40 parents attended a meeting with the superintendent and many expressed their support for Mr. Henson’s continued leadership at Alturas Elementary,” Crocker stated. “Dr. Holmes also responded to several parent phone calls regarding the matter. We have not heard from any parents who have asked for Mr. Henson to step aside during the investigation. We encourage any parent to contact Dr. Holmes directly for more information. She can be reached at 578-5000.”
Lee is due in court again on Nov. 9 for a preliminary hearing, at which a determination will be made as to whether prosecutors have adequate evidence to take the case to trial.