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More accusers come forward against former educator; parents feel betrayed

By Andrew Wittenberg and Pat Reavy | Posted - Dec 4th, 2012 @ 10:32pm



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SALT LAKE CITY — As the investigation continued Tuesday into a former teacher and principal who allegedly told police he molested children for more than 35 years, investigators are wondering how many other potential victims are out there.

The FBI confirmed that it received phone calls Tuesday from others who may have been victims of Charles Edward Weber, spokeswoman Debbie Bertram said. Agents are investigating those new allegations.

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Weber, 65, of South Jordan, was arrested Monday after being charged in 4th District Court with six counts of forcible sodomy, a first-degree felony. He had been an educator for more than 40 years, most recently as principal of the award-winning Soldier Hollow Charter School in Midway.

Tim Mugridge is a parent of three children who attend Soldier Hollow Charter School in Midway. He said when Weber was fired as principal in August, the Soldier Hollow Board of Directors indicated no misconduct as the reason.

"(I feel) angry and a bit betrayed that we were lied to," Mugridge said.

He claims a former board member told him the board was aware of the allegations at the time of Weber's firing, and that the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office had previously investigated a claim of sexual misconduct by Weber.


I'm not sure if I have full confidence in the board to lead us through this situation.

–Tim Mugridge, parent of Soldier Hollow students


Attempts by KSL News to reach that board member, who left the school after Weber's firing, were unsuccessful.

Meanwhile, the current case against Weber involves the abuse of a 16-year-old boy who previously attended Soldier Hollow Charter School.

"I'm not sure if I have full confidence in the board to lead us through this situation, when they had information back in August pertaining to his misconduct," Mugridge said. "We parents should have been aware of (the allegations), and somebody should have been notified."

Weber is scheduled to appear in court Wednesday morning.

Anyone who may have information about the investigation is asked to call the Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force at 801-281-1211; the FBI at 801-579-1400; or the Wasatch County Sheriff's Office at 435-654-1098.

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