Published: Jan 12, 2012 6:12 PM EST
Updated: Jan 13, 2012 4:26 PM EST

NORTH PORT, Fla. (AP) - Criminal misdemeanor charges have been filed against a former southwest Florida high school principal accused of using hypnosis on students.
    
The Sarasota Herald-Tribune (http://bit.ly/xdQcKO ) reports George 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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Information from: Sarasota Herald-Tribune, http://www.herald-trib.com

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