Sahuaro H.S. principal accused of assaulting step-daughter's boyfriend
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TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The Sahuaro High School principal was cited and released on assault charges Monday.
"He's saying dad, dad, he got me," said Roman Morales Sr, the victim's father. "He said he was bleeding everywhere."
Sgt. Maria Hawke with Tucson Police tells KGUN9 that officers were called to the 6400 block of East Garden Stone after reports of an assault.
Police say Christopher Bonn's stepdaughter snuck out of the house with her boyfriend, Roman Morales Jr. and didn't return until 4 a.m.
When the pair arrived, Bonn told police he opened the car door and yelled at Morales Jr. Bonn told police he saw the boyfriend reaching for the center console, and believed he might have a weapon so he told police he then punched Morales Jr.
The boyfriend told police that Bonn opened the car door and hit him.
"He went after him as soon as he opened the door," said Morales Sr. "He just started punching him."
Morales Jr. is a minor, just 16-years-old.
"There was no way my son deserved this at all," said Morales Sr. "There's no way any kid deserves this, especially coming from a role model that people look up to."
Bonn was cited with one count of a misdemeanor assault.
Hawke says the investigation is ongoing, but the district has suspended Bonn.
"Are people really going to trust this person to make the right choices for their kids," said Morales Sr. "I don't think so."
The Tucson Unified School District sent out the following statement Tuesday regarding this case:
"Tucson Unified School District has learned that Sahuaro High School Principal Chris Bonn was charged with a misdemeanor crime involving an altercation with a minor. The protection of our students is a priority for TUSD and any behavior that threatens that protection is completely inappropriate and unacceptable. Dr. Bonn has been assigned to home pending a review of the facts of the situation. While the altercation was an off-duty incident that occurred outside of any TUSD property, the district is taking this measure to ensure our students are safe at school. Once the incident is reviewed by district leadership, appropriate action will be taken."