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Former Juvenile Prison Principal Found Not Guilty

Jurors found a former West Texas principal accused of sexually abusing five inmates not guilty on all charges.

John Paul Hernandez was acquitted Monday night after jurors deliberated for almost six hours.

He faced up to 20 years in prison for the cases' most serious offenses, including sexual assault and improper relationship between educator and student.

It was alleged Hernandez abused young men in 2004 and 2005 at the West Texas State School in Pyote.

All of his accusers testified against him. The former principal took the stand in his own defense saying the inmates lied to investigators.

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