Former principal sentenced to prison

Former principal sentenced to prison

HEBER CITY Utah (ABC 4 Utah) - A former principal will spend at least ten years in prison for sexually abusing a minor.
Charles Weber
Charles Weber
HEBER CITY Utah (ABC 4 News) - A former principal is headed to prison.
Charles Weber was once the principal of Soldier Hollow Charter School in Midway. He pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a student and a judge sentenced him Tuesday to a minimum of ten years in prison and up to life.
The conviction was for a single incident, but law enforcement is continuing their investigation for other possible victims.

Family members of the victim considered the sentence a slap on the wrist.

“We wish it was more,” says Julie Lowe. “We think he's not remorseful.”

Inside the courtroom Weber never apologized to his victim.

The only time he mentioned anything remotely associated with the crime was when he questioned the official report filed with the court.

“The report says I expressed no sorry or remorse,” Weber told the judge. “I expressed great remorse that I had.”

But he never addressed the victim during his brief time before the judge.

However, he did ask for probation because “I had a heart attack in august and I also have an 83-year old father who depends on me."

Lowe and other family members of the victim noticed his lack of remorse.

“He shook his head like in disbelief like I didn't do this the whole time so he's like a pathological liar," says Lowe.

Prior to sentencing Judge Lynn Davis called Weber "a master groomer and that fact that he is an educator gives me great concern.”

Assistant Wasatch County Attorney McKay King reminded the judge that Weber “blames everyone but himself.”

King claims Weber was attempting to groom a young man who was also jailed in the Wasatch County jail.

“The defendant (Weber) approached him, offered him some advice like his prior victims and (afterwards) asked to kiss him and to touch his genitals.”

A former student who claims he attended Soldier Hollow was also at the sentencing. He's not surprised by all this.

“You talk to students and he's the only one in the room and he's rubbing your back and he was a master at what he did,” says Josh.

The former student was also angry at members of the administration at Soldier Hollow. He says no one from the school ever attended the court proceedings, didn’t write any recommendations prior to sentencing or attend the sentencing.

“It’s very disappointing,” says Josh. “This is a hard time for victims and the school really should have been here to show moral support.”

ABC 4 Utah attempted to meet with the principal for a comment but referred the calls to a board member. He did not return our calls.

Meanwhile the investigation continues into Weber’s history. King claimed that he confessed to molesting many young boys during a 45-year time span.

County Attorney Scott Sweat says the investigation is continuing.

“Some of them may have occurred in this jurisdiction,” says Sweat. “We’re looking at those cases right now. As of yet, we haven’t made any further charges but that may come.”

Weber was sentence to five years to life for each count of forcible sodomy. Both terms are to run consecutively for a total of ten years minimum.
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