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Former principal sentenced to jail time

November 16, 2005

Valdosta - A former elementary school principal is headed to jail for criminal trespassing.

Rick English was charged with peeping tom and criminal attempt to tamper with evidence after he was caught near a 15-year-old girl's bedroom in the Stone Creek Subdivision. Last month, a jury found him guilty of misdemeanor criminal trespassing and felony attempt to tamper with evidence.

Wednesday, a judge sentenced English to six months in the Lowndes County Jail followed by 18 months probation and 400 hours of community service.

English pleaded with the judge to consider the first offender act when sentencing him, and said his family had been put through enough emotional and financial trauma. Defense attorney Sam Dennis says he's pleased with the judge's decision. "Rick expected and we expected some jail time, so he was prepared for worse that what he got," said Dennis.

English started serving his jail time Wednesday. He'll also have to pay $2,000 in fines and was ordered to have no contact with the victim and her family.

English served as principal of Sallas Mahone Elementary before becoming the Chief Financial Officer for the Valdosta City School System.

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