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Hurst Denied Bail
A Former North Penn school administrator has been denied bail while he appeals his sentence for having improper contact with students. 37-year-old Charles Hurst of Somerset Court in Montgomery Township pleaded guilty to corrupting minors earlier this year in Montgomery County Court. He admitted giving two 13-year-old boys money and gifts to discuss their sexual activity, and a judge gave him 2 1/2 to 5 years in state prison. He was Vice Principal at Pennbrook Middle School in Upper Gwynedd at the time of the incidents, between January of 2009 and August of 2010. Assistant District Attorney Samantha Cauffman asked for prison time, saying he used his position of authority to manipulate the boys into thinking it was OK to talk with him and exchange text messages about sexual matters. Visiting Senior Judge John Braxton of Philadelphia told Hurst at the time of his sentencing that he offended the weakest members of the community, students and children, who found that the person they looked up to was perverted. In denying bail Wednesday, he again admonished Hurst for not taking responsibility for his actions.