HILTON, NY (WENY)-- A former elementary school principal has been sentenced to 63 years in prison for sexually abusing nearly two dozen students. 

Kirk Ashton did not address the packed Rochester courtroom at his sentencing Wednesday afternoon.  However, several parents described their children’s mental anguish while living with a secret they kept for years. 

Ashton was the principal at Northwood Elementary School in Hilton from 2004 to 2021. 

Prosecutors say that over the course of several years, he targeted young boys who needed extra support and abused them in his office.