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Wasatch County educator arrested, facing sodomy charges

Charles Edward Weber. Courtesy Washington County's Purgatory Correctional Facility

By jennifer dobner

The Salt Lake Tribune

First published Dec 04 2012 12:13AM
Updated Apr 8, 2013 11:32PM

A Utah man with more than 40 years of experience as a teacher and principal is facing six first-degree felony counts of forcible sodomy for alleged sex acts with a young male student.

Court papers filed Monday in Wasatch County’s 4th District Court say Charles Edward Weber had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old student between January and April of this year. Weber was the principal of a Wasatch County elementary school, but was fired in August, the documents state. The court documents don’t detail which school Weber worked at or why he was fired. But a woman who answered the phone at Soldier Hollow Charter School Tuesday morning confirmed he had worked there.

The Utah Attorney General’s Office filed the case.

Weber was arrested in southern Utah on Monday and was being held in the Purgatory Correctional Facility in Hurricane on $1 million bail. It was not immediately clear whether Weber had an attorney. No hearings have been set for the case.

Court papers say authorities launched their investigation in the fall after a 48-year-old man contacted police to report that he had been sexually abused by Weber between 1975 and 1977. The man, who is not identified in court papers, was then 11 years old and was a student in Weber’s class, court papers said.

In a probable cause statement also filed with the court, FBI investigator Jeffrey Ross said that in an interview, Weber acknowledged sexually assaulting several male students over the past 35 years, including the most recent alleged victim, court papers said.

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