ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- The principal of Henley Middle School is on leave after she was arrested on child abuse charges, Albemarle County Public Schools confirmed Thursday.

LaRuth Ensley was arrested Tuesday for allegedly abusing a child, causing serious injury, which is a class four felony.

The other charge is assault and battery on a family member, which is also a class four felony.

Both incidents allegedly happened in May in Henrico County, which is where the case is being prosecuted.

“We do want to assure Henley Middle School families that this did not involve any Henley Middle School students or any Albemarle County Public School students,” ACPS representative Helen Dunn said. “Albemarle County Public Schools is always committed to the safety and well-being of our students and employees above all else.”

Ensley will be in court again on Aug. 26, five days after ACPS starts for the year.

In the meantime, Crystal Beasley, the assistant principal, will be acting principal at Henley.

On Thursday, ACPS Superintendent Dr. Matthew Haas sent this letter out to the community:

Dear Henley Middle School Employees & Families,

I am writing to update you on the current status of Henley’s administrative team.

As you may have seen in recent news, Principal LaRuth Ensley is dealing with some personal legal matters in Henrico County. She is currently on leave from Albemarle County Public Schools. This is in line with Albemarle County School Board policy.

As with any legal or personnel issue, we cannot comment on the specifics, but we are committed to assisting Principal Ensley as she navigates these matters. We appreciate your patience and ask that you respect her privacy.

We want to assure you that this legal issue does not involve any Albemarle County students. We take this matter very seriously and are committed to maintaining the safety and well-being of our school community.

While Principal Ensley is on leave, Assistant Principal Crystal Beasley is serving as the principal designee. Please direct any matters requiring the principal’s attention or issues that have been managed by Principal Ensley to Assistant Principal Beasley. Central Office staff will assist Ms. Beasley in Henley’s operations.

Thank you for being the caring and supportive school community that we know you to be. We understand that uncertainty can be stressful and apologize for any concern this may have caused you or your family. We will share pertinent information in a timely fashion to keep the community informed.

Please contact us at [email protected] with any questions or concerns.


Dr. Matthew Haas