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article imageFormer Ohio teacher charged with stealing prom money

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By Arthur Weinreb     May 17, 2012 in Crime
The teacher allegedly told students they could avoid standing in line to purchase tickets to the school's prom by paying her directly. She did not account for the money and faces one count of theft.
The prom for students attending Lakota East High School in southwestern Ohio was held on April 28. Some students complained they had difficulty gaining admission to the event even though they had purchased $40 tickets.
As reported by the Dayton Daily News, two students complained they contacted the teacher who sold them the tickets and were asked not to report the matter. Two days later, an internal investigation was begun by the school district and on May 9, the results of their probe was turned over to the local sheriff's office.
Karen Mantia, the superintendent of the Lakota Local School District, was quoted as saying, We acted with urgency to handle this situation appropriately. We are cooperating fully with the Sheriff's office.
Last Monday, Heather Schoell-Schroeder, 45, went to the Butler County Sheriff's office with her attorney and was issued a summons for one count of theft under $1,000. It is alleged she stole $800 or the payment for 20 prom tickets. A relative of the former teacher paid $160 to the school district as partial repayment of the outstanding amount.
Sgt. Monte Mayer, a spokesman for the Butler County Sheriff's office, was quoted by the Cincinnati Enquirer as saying, Our investigation is over. No other charges are pending.
Schoell-Schroeder, who was on the school's prom committee, did not return to her job after the prom and tendered her resignation on May 7. She has been replaced by a long-term substitute teacher.
As reported by the Cincinnati Enquirer, students who paid for the prom by lining up in the school's lunch room did not receive a hard copy ticket; the purchases were recorded electronically. The school is now reviewing how tickets to the event will be sold in the future.
Schoell-Schroeder is scheduled to make her first appearance on the misdemeanor charge in a Butler County courtroom next month.
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