Friday, May 05, 2000
Teacher denies theft
Fairfield District says funds missing
By Sue Kiesewetter
FAIRFIELD A Fairfield West Elementary School teacher on Thursday entered a written plea of not guilty to a misdemeanor charge of theft in connection with missing money from the school's student activity account.
Heather Stickler was charged by Fairfield police on Thursday, entered the plea and was released on her own recognizance, said Lt. Ken Colburn. She will appear June 7 in Fairfield Municipal Court. If convicted, she faces a maximum sentence of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Fairfield accused Heather of stealing money that isn't even missing. They asked her to take a lie detector test which she passed, said Cincinnati attorney John O'Shea, who is representing Ms. Stickler.
Then when Heather fights (her) termination, she gets charged with stealing money. ... She is absolutely innocent.
In an April 24 letter to Ms. Stickler, Fairfield Schools Treasurer Stephen L. Maag outlined four reasons including at least $781.81 not accounted for why the board of education had begun proceedings to fire her.
The district also accuses her of using excessive sick leave, not getting along with colleagues and not properly recording student grades.
School records dated March 14 and signed by Ms. Stickler the next day outline sales, deposits and missing money from three fund-raising activities sponsored this year by student council.
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