- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 7, 2015

WEST CHESTER, Pa. (AP) - The former principal of a private Philadelphia-area school has been arrested and charged with improper contact with a teenage student.

Sixty-two-year-old George James Symonds of Wilmington, Delaware is charged in Chester County with corruption of minors, child endangerment and indecent assault.

Prosecutors allege that Symonds had inappropriate contact with a 14- to 15-year-old student while he was principal and teacher at The Concept School in 2014 and 2015.

Authorities said Symonds was arrested Friday in Delaware, arraigned in Chester County and released after posting $100,000 bail.

The Westtown school said in a statement that Symonds had been fired and officials are cooperating with authorities.



Defense attorney Evan Kelly said he and his client dispute that any crime was committed, and he said some events alleged in the affidavit “never happened.”

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