Former educator sentenced for child sex abuse

Posted at 11:19 AM, May 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-28 13:19:09-04

HEBER — A former award-winning educator was given his sentence Tuesday after pleading guilty to child sex abuse earlier this year.

Charles Weber, a former principal of Soldier Hollow Charter School in Midway, was sentenced to two terms of five years to life in prison. Weber pleaded guilty in April to two counts of forcible sodomy in a case involving a 15-year-old student at the school.

In exchange for Weber’s guilty plea, prosecutors dropped four other counts of forcible sodomy. Weber’s guilty plea also spared the victim from testifying.

Charging documents indicate Weber has been carrying a skeleton in his closet for a long time.

“He was a person who was able to use whatever position he was in to manipulate his victims and the victims’ families to his advantage,” said Amann.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation started questioning Weber last year after a former elementary student told agents Weber molested him repeatedly in the mid 1970s, when the alleged victim was 11 years old. Charging documents say the former educator has admitted abusing several young boys over the last 35 years.

Charles Weber helped Soldier Hollow Charter School in Midway to win a prestigious national education award.

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