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Former principal of Houston ISD's Yates High, Ronald Mumphery, will not face criminal charges: HISD
Monday, Jan 10, 2011, 02:32PM CST
By Lynn Walsh
Yates High

The former principal of one of the city’s major high schools will not face criminal charges over allegations that he harassed female employees and once stuck his tongue into the ear of a school cheerleader during an alleged sexual advance, the Houston school district said.

Ronald Mumphery, the former head of Yates High School, will not be prosecuted after the Houston Independent School District’s own police department “found there was not sufficient evidence to support any criminal charges,” HISD spokesman Norm Uhl said.

Uhl said no report has been created on HISD Police’s findings in the case, though one may be written later.

In an e-mailed response to other questions posed by Texas Watchdog, Uhl suggested the news organization file a public information request.

Among the remaining questions is whether HISD police consulted with the Harris County district attorney’s office about Mumphrey.

By policy, DA Pat Lykos’ office does not discuss whether it is investigating a case or whether a case has been forwarded to it for potential prosecution. “We do not confirm or deny whether we are investigating a case until a case gets filed,” Terese Buess, with the DA’s office, said Monday.

A 30-year veteran of the district, Mumphery was reassigned by the district in late September. At that time, HISD said Mumphery had been accused of unspecified “professional misconduct,” without elaborating. He filed paperwork with the school system a few days later to retire.

The allegations against Mumphery date back to the early 1980’s and include allegations of staff members exchanging sexual favors for preferential treatment and overtime pay from the principal and allegations that Mumphery grabbed and sexually touched a 17-year-old cheerleader and student back in 1984.

The sexual harassment allegations were outlined in an HISD investigation report and include multiple witnesses and alleged victims’ testimonies.

There was no answer at Mumphrey’s home telephone listing earlier today.

Mumphery had previously served as principal at Houston’s Cullen Middle School and an assistant principal at Jones High. He earned more than $109,000 during the 2009-10 school year, according to an HISD salary database.
The allegations against Mumphery came to light, records show, after Houston school Superintendent Terry Grier received an anonymous letter in mid-September.

HISD began to investigate, reaching out to numerous former students and employees, including a current HISD employee who said she was accosted by Mumphrey when she was a student of his 16 years ago.
The woman told investigators she was a cheerleader at Yates at the time, and the report says Mumphrey was a teacher and coach there.
According to the report:

 In an interview with the school district, the former cheerleader detailed the incident that occurred back in 1984: "She alleged that as soon as she came in the room he started talking sexually to her. She said she was shocked and about to leave when he grabbed her arm, pulled her to him and stuck his tongue in her ear.”

The former cheerleader said she immediately ran out of his office to the principal at the time. According to the report, Mumphery allegedly ran after the young woman, telling her to stop, but she kept running. (To read the full report and details about the other allegations. click here.)

Have questions about the Mumphery investigation or other HISD issues? Texas Watchdog wants to hear from you. Contact Lynn Walsh,, 713-228-2850 or on Twitter @LWalsh.

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Yates Mom
Tuesday, 01/11/2011 - 11:54AM

i guess that is good for hi, good he retired. what happened to that officer that hit they boy at yates and broke his jaw. I have not heard anything else about that? does the officer still work for HISD?

Tuesday, 01/11/2011 - 01:10PM

This is out of line. The 1980's and now all of a sudden this guy has been accused. I hope that they investigate where the anonymous letter came from and make sure that if it bogus the person is prosecuted.

JY Lion
Tuesday, 01/11/2011 - 01:21PM

Another HISD coverup. What can you expect when the HISD police chief is a cheerleader for Mumphery. The HISD police chief publicly claimed that Mumphery was the best principal in HISD. He said this after his sorry officer beat down that child. What more evidence do you need? They have cell phone text messages, hotel receipts, and eyewitnesses that proved he harassed women and children. HISD thinks that it is okay to molest HISD children and female teachers. That's why this mess goes on and on and on. HISD let him pay his baby mama overtime and take another one of his jump offs on the basketball tournament trip to Hawaii. The DA needs to look into this mess before he gets another job and bothers more female children and teachers. The man is a psycho.

Tuesday, 01/11/2011 - 02:29PM

There are a lot of coverups in the district. What about the coverup at Burbank MS several years ago when a baby was had in a a bathroom and the fetus was flushed down the toilet? The leader of the school at the time is now working at the administration building.

Former Student
Tuesday, 01/11/2011 - 02:38PM

I’ve heard about this SLIM ball before and I’m glad to hear about this investigation. If he's guilty, then he should be held accountable... I don't care if he moved to MARs... How are we to improve the school system and help the kids, if the people responsible for their education are preying on them..? Conduct a FULL investigation and either find him innocent or guilty, but a FULL report should be filed and published. And it doesn’t look good that he QUIT (opps I mean retired) around the same time that the investigation started. If you’re innocent, WHY LEAVE??

Tuesday, 01/11/2011 - 02:39PM


You guys are never happy
Tuesday, 01/11/2011 - 03:14PM

Oh but if he stayed, you would have said "He is still there praying on children".

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