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Former Corinth principal accused of sexual battery arrested in Texas

Michael Casabella

The U.S. Marshals capture Alcorn County fugitive in a Houston suburb.

Posted: Feb 14, 2018 7:59 PM
Updated: Feb 23, 2018 8:19 PM

FORT BEND COUNTY, TX.  (WTVA)  -- A former Alcorn County principal accused of sexual battery was arrested by U.S. marshals in Texas Wednesday morning.

Michael Shane Casabella, 39, was arrested in the Houston area, and is being held at Fort Bend County Jail. Casabella, the former principal of North Corinth Christian Academy, is accused of sexual battery involving students.

Casabella was scheduled to appear in court on January 29, but missed the appearance, and an Alcorn County judge then issued a bench warrant for his arrest.

According to officials, it is believed that Casabella has been making a Houston suburb his home. He was indicted in Mississippi in May 2016 on three counts of fondling, two counts of sexual battery, and three counts of exploitation of a child.

Casabella is accused of inappropriately touching a girl younger than 16 years old at three locations: the Corinth Sportsplex, the child's home, and at North Corinth Christian Academy.

Officials said Casabella was the principal of the student between January 2013 and June 2015.

Casabella had been released on a $40,000 bond until his arrest.

An extradition hearing will be held in Texas.

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