“It’s really unfortunate:” MPS principal accused of intimidating victim/witness in sex assault case

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Valencia Carthen

Valencia Carthen

MILWAUKEE -- A Milwaukee Public Schools PRINCIPAL is in jail -- and the allegations against her have shocked some of her students.

At Washington High School of Information Technology, the principal would often post about how proud she was of students or the school's basketball team. But what 42-year-old Valencia Carthen is accused of is nothing to be proud of. She is accused of intimidating a witness.

A criminal complaint says in December, Carthen went to talk to a sexual assault victim, trying to get her to not testify against 39-year-old Jason Cunningham -- Carthen's boyfriend and the suspect in the sexual assault case.

According to police reports, Cunningham is married but Carthen is one of possibly three other girlfriends.

The complaint says Carthen had been visiting the woman "to discuss Cunningham's case and advise (the woman) not to attend court -- and to leave town." The victim told investigators that "Cunningham knew her family lived in Mississippi and that Carthen told (the woman) that she knew where (the woman's) family was in Mississippi."

Washington High School

Washington High School

Jason Cunningham

Jason Cunningham

Additionally, the complaint says the woman told police "Carthen was a principal at Washington High School in the MPS system." Carthen allegedly told the woman "she knew people and students around MPS, which caused (the woman) to fear for her children's safety as MPS students."

The complaint says the information provided to investigators by the woman corroborates with text messages Carthen received in September. One read: "need to get her out of Milw one way ticket between $148-160 she packed and ready to go now. Just don't no what do with her."

The complaint says Carthen even provided a letter allegedly written by the victim saying the accusations were not true. That letter was given to prosecutors in the sexual assault case.

Washington High School

Washington High School

At Washington High School of Information Technology, students on Thursday, February 9th said this story is the talk of the school.

"It's like, I didn't find out about it until today. But it's like, it's really unfortunate. I guess it's something you wouldn't expect," said student Isaiah Chambliss. "I never had any real interaction with her, but she didn't seem like she could do something like that."

Carthen is in jail on $15,000 bail. There is an arrest warrant out for Cunningham. He's due in court on March 2nd in the sexual assault case.

Milwaukee Public Schools MPS

Milwaukee Public Schools issued the following statement to FOX6 News:

"The district is aware of the allegations, which do not involve the school or students. The principal was removed on an emergency basis while the criminal proceedings continue."

23 comments

  • Requesting accountability

    So, if this lovely creature was involved in mps, what is the response? Do we have any data on the history of her work record?
    Do we wonder why students fail?

    • retired teacher from Washington

      This had nothing to do with the school. When I was there she was an assistant principal and I never saw any of this type of behavior in the building or out of it. I interacted with her quite often in a school setting. I believe she got caught up in this “boyfriend” thing and didn’t think straight. I believe she made a one time huge mistake she now regrets. This had nothing to do with any student academics, so don’t think this is why students “fail”. Look at the bigger picture of the system, the home life, and the gangs in Milwaukee and you will see why student fail. Also the welfare system. What incentives have students on welfare got to finish an education when they know they can get free money and food from the government. It all starts here in the education system. But I had hundreds of students graduate and find jobs in my 38 years in MPS.

      • Voice of Reason

        No this isn’t just one big mistake by her, this is the kind of person she was all along. You just never saw it through your rose colored glasses retired teacher. Funny thing is she sits in jail why the boyfriend she was sharing with 4 other women is free.. Funny how stupid this wench is!!’

    • lovin2017sofar

      Maybe she was ok before hiring and had a mid life crisis falling for a bad boy? They do say love is blind. Now, however, she should be removed from the school system. As a parent, I would not feel safe if someone in charge of the kids would intimidate the parents, making me wonder what kind of mind games or bullying would happen to the kids while they are at school. I feel prison for both and she should never be allowed into a school system again.

  • Requesting accountability

    So, you know? Bond at 15 000 shameful. Betrayal of youth – not able to quantify. Input if you really know.

  • Fancy Free

    Actually, she has a doctorate degree and she has always been a #ucking blithering idiot for any attention she will get from any crackish bafoon or “leach off a woman” ghetto goon like this one. I worked with her off and on for years and we all knew of stories where we would say she was going to lose her hard earned degrees over these indigent boys that she continually entertain. This is 12 years later from previous incidents with her dating the worst men on the North side of Milwaukee! SMH.

    • Fancy Free

      Actually, she has a doctorate degree and she has always been a #ucking blithering idiot for any attention she will get from any crackish bafoon or “leach off a woman” ghetto goon like this one. I worked with her off and on for years and we all knew of stories where we would say she was going to lose her hard earned degrees over these indigent boys that she continually entertain. This is 12 years later from previous incidents with her dating the worst men on the North side of Milwaukee! SMH. Her background is squeaky
      clean until now!

    • lovin2017sofar

      I thought maybe it was a mid-life crisis and wanting a “bad boy”. You seem to have the scoop! At least it will finally end. Kids need a better example-when you are in a position like hers, you really don’t have a private life. As mamma always said, the company you keep!

    • lovin2017sofar

      I thought exactly the same thing. But then someone hollered Teacher’s Union will take care of her. And sadness once again reigned. Riddle me this: Why do there seem to be so many things that protect the bad people at the victim’s cost?

  • purelogic

    Well I think they are concerned for the children and the community they live in ?…. They are thinking for themselves and not like an overly open minded liberal to where their brains have fallen out .

  • lovin2017sofar

    Wow. Prison for both & if that woman is involved in the school system she should never be allowed anywhere near or work at a school again.

  • lovin2017sofar

    Why the name calling? And I will share “your facts” . According to UNIONSTA NOT: This woman is not a member of the teachers union. YAY! not a union member, DOUBLE YAY!

    UNIONISTA NOT
    She is an administrator thus is not in the Teacher’s Union. Get your facts straight before you make an ass of yourself again.

    FEBRUARY 10, 2017 AT 6:56 PM

    Hello Fox 6. You now allow name calling? Free speech? Boy do I ever have some names ROFL!! So remove it, or allow ALL names to be called by everyone who posts, thank you.

    • starshine

      lovin been reading posts for a while, unionista not does a lot of name calling and belittling of other posters and is allowed to do so. don’t know why allowed buddies at fox 6?

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