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Former Hayden principal candidate sentenced

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— The Montana man who came to Routt County hoping to become the next principal of Hayden High School was sentenced Wednesday in Routt County Court for violating state weapons laws and driving under the influence of alcohol.

George “Doc” Sargent was ordered by Judge James Garrecht to pay fines totaling $1,174. Sargent also must complete 48 hours of community service, not necessarily in Routt County, and finish an alcohol counseling course.

Sargent did not appear in court.

The Libby, Mont., man was arrested in April by Steamboat Springs police officers after they witnessed him arguing with two men. After arresting him on suspicion of drunken driving, police found that Sargent had two loaded, semiautomatic handguns tucked in his belt under his coat. A search of his vehicle also uncovered marijuana and pipes.

The drug charges against Sargent were dismissed as part of a plea agreement with the district attorney’s office. Under the terms of the plea agreement, Sargent pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and carrying concealed weapons, both misdemeanors.

Assistant District Attorney Charles Feldmann filed a motion May 6 requesting Sargent forfeit the firearms taken by police. Feldmann said confiscated firearms are usually destroyed once the case is over.

Sargent came to Colorado in April to interview for the open principal’s position at Hayden High School, a job for which he had been selected as a finalist. He had been the assistant principal of Libby High School in Montana and worked in that school district for 26 years. Sargent accepted an early retirement agreement with the Libby school district after his arrest in Steamboat.

Feldmann said the charges against Sargent are permanent and don’t ever go away.

“What is also permanent on his record is that he was arrested for the other charges, but not convicted,” Feldmann said. “For a teaching or school job they do a close job of checking you out, so I would assume he’d have a hard time.”