A high school principal has pleaded not guilty to criminal charges he picked up for hypnotizing students, some of whom later died.

FOX News Radio's Lisa Brady reports:

The legal trouble started for George Kenney after two students he had hypnotized at North Port High in Florida committed suicide last year.  Prosecutors declined to file felony charges of unlicensed practice of health care, instead charging Kenney with misdemeanor counts of unlawful practice of hypnosis.

He's on administrative duty and plans to retire after the current school year.

Kenney's lawyer says there was no crime, because hypnosis was used to try to boost academic or athletic performance, not for therapeutic purposes.

Lisa Brady, FOX News Radio.