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Man who paid teens to spit on face found not guilty

Charles Hersel, 41, was found not guilty on four counts of annoying and molesting a child.

February 9, 2012 12:00:00 AM PST
A man accused of paying high school students to spit in his face while shouting profanities for his sexual gratification has been found not guilty.

Charles Hersel, 41, was arrested in November 2009 at a Thousand Oaks mall. Westlake High School students say Hersel paid them to yell profanities, spit and slap his face.

Hersel admitted paying teenage boys to physically and verbally abuse him, but denied there was anything sexual about it.

Ventura County prosecutors said jurors deliberated less than an hour on Tuesday before finding Hersel not guilty on four counts of annoying and molesting a child.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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