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Middle school principal arrested on felony counts

May 14, 2019

The Star Middle School principal was released from jail early Saturday after his arrest on Thursday.

Tony Nelson, who has been the principal at the school since it opened in August, was charged with two counts of injury to a child at the felony level Thursday. A judge set his bond at $100,000 during a hearing later that day. He bonded out at 1:52 a.m. Saturday.

According to Idaho’s online court repository, Nelson was given a no-contact order.

Nelson previously served as Eagle Middle School’s principal.

Eric Exline, chief communication officer for West Ada School District, said Nelson was placed on paid administrative leave. Star Middle School’s vice principal, Tyler Pence, will serve as acting principal during Nelson’s absence.

“The district was aware that Canyon County was investigating a domestic issue that occurred at the Nelson home,” Exline said in a text message to the Idaho Press. “We were not aware that the investigation had led to charges being filed until the day Mr. Nelson turned himself in.”

Exline was unable to give details on the event that resulted in Nelson’s arrest.