VENTURA (CBS) — A 41-year-old man who allegedly paid high school students to spit in his face has been acquitted of four counts of annoying and molesting a child.

Jurors deliberated less than an hour before finding Charles Hersel, who was arrested in November 2009 at a Thousand Oaks mall, not guilty, according to the Ventura County Star.

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He was facing a year in jail and would have been required to register as a sex offender.

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Westlake High School students say Hersel offered them money to spit in his face, slap him and yell expletives at him.

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