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Police: Harper Woods teacher offered to raise student's grade for sex acts

Mark Hicks
The Detroit News
Charles Penn, 41, faces up to four years in prison if convicted of the charge related to his comment to a 15-year-old in his economics class.

A former Harper Woods teacher has been charged with allegedly offering to raise a student's grade if she performed sex acts on him, police announced Thursday.

In June, the 15-year-old girl asked Charles Penn about extra work to improve her marks in his economic class at Harper Woods High School, investigators said in a statement.

The instructor's response "was overheard by another female student who corroborated what had occurred," the release said. "Harper Woods Police took immediate action and completed a thorough investigation."

During the probe, Penn left his job with the school district, police said.

The 41-year-old Southfield resident was arraigned Thursday in 32-A District Court in Harper Woods on one count of accosting children for immoral purposes. Judge Russell Ethridge set bond at $50,000.

A preliminary examination is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Jan. 2. If convicted, Penn faces up to four years in prison.