Kathleen High School principal Cecil McClellan among 89 arrested in Polk County prostitution bust

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Video: Kathleen High principal arrested in prostitution bust

Cecil Edward McClellan, Kathleen high School principal arrested during an on-line prostitution bust in Polk County

 

LAKELAND, Florida - As Kathleen High took the lead on the football field Friday night, the leader of Kathleen High was facing losing his career. Polk Sheriff's Deputies released video of principal Cecil McClellan shot during a prostitution bust Thursday.

Photo Gallery: 89 people arrested in Polk prostitution bust

"He was quick to rip his shirt off. He was there for business," said Polk Sheriff Grady Judd.

The Sheriff's Office announced McClellan's arrest, and the arrest of 88 others in a week long R-N-C sting.

"He was not only charged with solicitation, he was also charged with two counts of battery," said Sheriff Judd. "He absolutely couldn't help keep his hands off the undercover person."

Hidden camera video shows the principal as he arrives to meet with an undercover deputy at a local hotel.

"What have you been up to today?" the undercover deputy can be heard asking.

"Oh just working out a little... A long day at work," the man identified as McClellan replies. When asked what he did, he replied, "Oh a lot of paperwork and stuff like that."

But Judd says instead of dealing with students, their principal was online arranging for sex during the school day.

Students are in disbelief.

"Because he's a good guy... he's not the kind of guy who would do that," said Kathleen student Mariyah Mackey.

But parents say the principal's alleged actions are inexcusable.

"That's not being a role model," said parent Monica Hunter. "No, that's nasty."

McClellan is also the member of a Christian Bluegrass Band. His website says he takes pride in being a role model to students.

No one answered the door at his north Lakeland home. Students say despite their principal's bad example, they will continue trying to make him proud.

"We're still going to go by the rules and we're still going to be the best and the brightest," said student Chr'tsia Wilson. "We're still going to represent him, even though he's gone for a while."


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