Superintendent's job in jeopardy after domestic case

Tuesday, August 20th 2002, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

BOYNTON, Okla. (AP) _ McIntosh County authorities declined to file charges Monday against Boynton-Moton school district Superintendent Steve Henson, who was arrested after a domestic disturbance call at his home.

But Henson's job may still be on the line. The school board is scheduled to discuss Henson's employment status at Tuesday's meeting.

Henson, 40, was arrested by deputies on Thursday for assault and battery on his wife.

``Based upon further investigation after the arrest, (the district attorney) declined to file any criminal charges,'' said Henson's attorney, Deborah Reheard. There was ``some evidence of self-inflicted injuries.''

Kristie Henson, 28, also was arrested but released by deputies, who said she was treated at a hospital and released after receiving stitches in the back of her head.

Mrs. Henson, a school receptionist, later told the Muskogee Daily Phoenix and Times-Democrat newspaper that she did not receive stitches and was treated for a migraine headache.

Henson told the paper his wife had stitches but would not elaborate on the reason.

The agenda for the school board meeting calls for an executive session to ``discuss the employment of Steven Henson.'' Members are expected to also convene in open session and hold a vote of confidence in Henson as superintendent.

The board also is scheduled to discuss and vote on moving Mrs. Henson from the supervision of the superintendent to the high school principal.

The Hensons have been married for two years. Reheard said Henson filed for divorce and for a protective order against his wife Monday.

Henson previously was the superintendent of schools at Buffalo Valley, but resigned April 1, 2000. In November 1999, he was arrested in Oklahoma City. Police said he was driving while ``extremely intoxicated.''

He pleaded guilty March 27, 2000, to several misdemeanor charges of straddling lanes, speeding, transporting an open container of beer and not wearing a seat belt.

Henson was hired by Boynton in June 2000.