North Port principal George Kenney charged in hypnosis case

9:45 AM, Jan 12, 2012   |    comments
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NORTH PORT, Florida -- North Port High School Principal George Kenney has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of unlawful practice of hypnosis, according to our partner station WWSB.

Kenney was the subject of a police investigation in June 2011 after it was revealed he was practicing hypnosis on students at the school.

The Sarasota Herald-Tribune reports Kenney informed school district officials this week that he'll resign his job, effective June 30. Kenney was reassigned during a months-long investigation into his use of hypnosis.

Prosecutors decided not to file felony charges of unlicensed practice of health care. The misdemeanor charges of unlicensed practice of hypnosis carry a maximum of up to a year in jail.

Officials say Kenney hypnotized two North Port High students before their separate suicides last year. Kenney had been warned by his boss to stop using such one-on-one hypnosis with students.

A state attorney's investigation included interviews with hundreds of people.

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