(KYW Newsradio 1060) – A former vice principal at a middle school in the North Penn School District is under arrest, accused of having inappropriate sexual conversations with a 13-year-old student.
KYW’s Brad Segall reports that according to police, Charles Hurst (in photo) befriended the teenage boy at Pennbrook Middle School. They say he began spending a lot of personal time with the student and his family, taking the child on ski trips and to basketball games.
But police say the 37-year-old Lansdale man was also talking to the boy about sexual acts, and text messages were found on the juvenile’s phone confirming that.
Montgomery County DA Risa Ferman says Hurst is charged with child endangerment and corruption of minors.
“If these allegations are proven to be true, we’re looking at a situation where someone has violated the trust of a school community, of a child, of a family, in one of the worst possible ways.”
A search of Hurst’s car also turned up cocaine and a loaded firearm. Police say he has a permit to carry a concealed weapon.
Hurst told Montgomery Township police that his cell phone had a virus and inappropriate text messages were sent to a former student.
The Lower Moreland School District says Hurst was hired as assistant principal at Murray Avenue School in July and was placed on administrative leave last week when the police investigation began.
(Photo provided by Montco DA)