Ex-Principal Pleads Guilty to Theft

By Jim Hannah
Cincinnati Enquirer
August 12, 2008

COVINGTON -- A former elementary school principal accused of stealing money from an Independence church has pleaded guilty to the charge.

Clint Green, 33, pleaded guilty Tuesday to theft by unlawful taking over $300, a Class D felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

Commonwealth's attorneys are recommending a sentence of 60 days in jail and for Green to repay the stolen money. While authorities have not said how much was stolen, officials said Green had already paid back $3,000 when he was arranged on the charges earlier this year.

Kenton Circuit Judge Martin Sheehan will decide if he will accept that sentence at a hearing next month. Green will remain free until his sentencing.

Green was fired as principal of St. Cecilia School March 3 and moved in with family in Grant Chain, Ill.

Authorities said he was caught on video stealing cash from the parish's weekend collections. He was taped taking money from the collection baskets the weekend of March 1-2, according to Independence police. Cameras were installed in the rectory after discrepancies were found between 2007 parish donation records and the amount of money parishioners said they donated.

Green had been hired as St. Cecilia's principal in 2006 after teaching at the school for two years. The school had two interim principals after Green's firing and is searching for a new principal for the 2008-09 school year.


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