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Oct 22, 2013 10:51 PM by Associated Press

Ex-head of military school charged with sex abuse

VISTA, Calif. (AP) - A former top administrator at California's lone military boarding school has been charged with sexually abusing students.

U-T San Diego (http://bit.ly/17ezpX5) says Jeffrey Barton, former head of schools at the Army and Navy Academy in Carlsbad, was charged Tuesday with two counts of sodomy by force and 14 counts of oral copulation by force.

The 55-year-old Barton is being held on $6 million bail and his arraignment is scheduled for Wednesday. He could get 15 years in prison if convicted on all counts.

Prosecutors say the molestations took place from 1997 to 2001, and all the victims were students at the time.

Barton resigned in June after 18 years at the academy, a private, college-prep academy that has more than 300 boys in grades seven through 12.

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Information from: U-T San Diego, http://www.utsandiego.com

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