Coach Steals Funds

December 18, 2018

On December 7, an assistant high school baseball coach for the Kings Local District confessed to stealing funds meant to benefit district athletics earlier this month.

According to Cincinnati.com, the coach, whose name was redacted in the police report, said that he'd stolen cash and checks totaling roughly $3,000 from a school locker room. The coach deposited $1,250 into his bank account, and later showed investigators 18 checks to the Kings Athletic Booster Club in his vehicle's glove box. The alleged theft occurred on November 30, after a basketball game, and the money was reported missing on December 3.

Investigators identified the coach using surveillance footage and key swipe records. The coach initially said that he had returned to the locker room to retrieve a team shirt, but at a later interview at his home, the coach said that when he was in the locker room, he noticed the money in another coach's locker.

"When Mr. [redacted] picked the money up he noticed it was on top of several envelopes," the report stated, "so he grabbed all the envelopes and took them with him."

Dawn Gould, a spokesperson for the district, said she would not name the coach, because the investigation was still ongoing. The only details she provided were that the suspect is not a teacher, and had only been “conditionally approved” as a coach before the incident.

"The suspect is not currently on our coaching staff," Gould wrote in an email.

On December 5, Nick Molz, head boys' basketball coach, sent parents a letter about the money that had been stolen

"We do our best to keep the locker room locked and secure at all times," Molz wrote. "There have been multiple issues throughout the school year in regards to theft with other athletic programs."

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