District attorney's office takes paperwork from Wilkinsburg Middle School
Detectives from the Alle-gheny County District Attorney's Office spent two hours at Wilkinsburg Middle School on Wednesday and left with paperwork as part of an investigation of funds for an afterschool program.
Wilkinsburg police in November charged the program's former coordinator, Christopher Spradley, with theft for stealing computer equipment.
Mike Manko, spokesman for the District Attorney's Office, said the detectives are examining financial records and grants connected to the case.
“Today's activity was a follow-up to the criminal case involving a misappropriation of IT equipment that the district received through a grant process,” Manko said.
Wilkinsburg substitute Superintendent Donna Micheaux referred comment to Allegheny Intermediate Unit spokeswoman Sarah McCluan.
“The district has no comment other than this is part of an ongoing investigation of the 21st Century afterschool program,” McCluan said.
The 21st Century program is run through the Consortium for Public Education and the district. Spradley was a district employee, court records state.
Wilkinsburg School Board President Edward Donovan did not return a message for comment.
District Judge Kim Hoots in March ordered Spradley, 31, of Lincoln-Lemington, to stand trial on the theft charge. Spradley could not be reached for comment, and his attorney did not return a call.
According to court records, police accused Spradley of taking a 3-D printer, valued at $3,200, two Toshiba laptop computers and two X-Box gaming systems from the district.
Spradley got into trouble Oct. 28, when police say he tried to sell the printer to Ninja Entertainment, Downtown. A store employee saw a Wilkinsburg School District logo on the printer and called the school. Officials said Ninja's records indicated that Spradley sold to the store two Toshiba laptops the week before, according to a police criminal complaint.
Police wrote that Spradley met with school officials the next day and told them that he owed money and was being threatened. Police said Spradley admitted the thefts but that he was planning to replace them within a week.
The investigation comes at a rocky time for the district. The school board voted in late March to fire Superintendent Lee McFerren amid animosity between him and the board.
Micheaux, assistant executive director for organizational leadership at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit, has been serving as substitute since shortly after McFerren's dismissal.
Bobby Kerlik is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-320-7886 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Penn Hills water main break creates car-swallowing sinkhole
- Pittsburgh to consider measure to give city employees 6 weeks of paid parental leave
- Pipelines key to growth in shale industry
- Aging weather satellite may be leaving forecasters with a large blind spot
- Pittsburgh City Council unanimous in opposition to bill that would change how Pa. defines tax-exempt status
- NTSB: Better oversight needed to prevent natural gas pipeline accidents
- Mt. Lebanon awaits Pennsylvania Game Commission approval to corral, kill deer
- 3-D images to help police in Western Pa. navigate terror, hostage scenes
- Allegheny County assistant public defender Capone charged with lying to court staff
- Owner of Italian Village Pizza stores in Western Pennsylvania gets house arrest for tax evasion
- Developer wants to keep historic atom smasher in Forest Hills