LAS VEGAS, Nev. (FOX5) – An assistant principal of a Henderson middle school was arrested in Texas on charges related to contacting a minor for sex.

According Henderson Justice Court records, Dr. Howard Hughes of Del Webb Middle School is facing three charges of contacting a minor for sex.

Hughes, 61, has resigned and will not be allowed on campus, according to Clark County School District Police. Hughes has been employed with the school district since Jan. 2022.

CCSDPD said Hughes was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Friday in Texas. The department thanked the Nevada and North Texas Marshals for assisting in the arrest.

Hughes will be the latest CCSD employee arrested this week on charges related to abusing students. On Monday, Joshua Herrera was arrested on one count of contacting a minor by a person of authority for sex and two counts of a school employee engaging in sexual conduct with a pupil age 16 or older.

Herrera was employed as a Student Success Advocate after serving as a campus security monitor and then as an office specialist with CCSD from 2019-2023. The report said that the suspect developed a sexual relationship with a student he met at school.

On Thursday, Mesquite police arrested David Scott Curtis, 54, on a warrant issued out of St. George, Utah. According to police, Curtis is facing a charge of aggravated sexual abuse of a minor for a crime committed approximately 10 years ago.

Also on Thursday, CCSDPD identified Haroon Zakai, 44, as a suspect after officers found a recording device at Woolley Elementary School. He will be on unpaid leave upon release per the negotiated agreement with the employee’s bargaining unit and will not be allowed on campus, according to CCSD.

Additionally, school police said he was arrested on charges related to electronic surveillance at school without knowledge, attempting to destroy/conceal evidence, and monitoring private conversations.

According to CCSD’s website, all employees are subject to a “pre-employment eligibility check,” which must be approved by Human Resources, before employment begins. This includes fingerprinting and a background check unless administrators grant an exemption, per Senate Bill 185.

Volunteers are also subject to fingerprinting if their role requires that they be left alone with children.


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