Ex-administrator pleads guilty to skimming ticket proceeds

CANTON, Ohio (AP) - A former school athletic director has
admitted skimming ticket proceeds to pay for his gambling.
William Dessecker, 64, who spent 24 years as athletic director at suburban Jackson High School, pleaded guilty Wednesday and was convicted of theft in office for stealing just over $1,000.
He could get up to 18 months in prison at his sentencing March 24 before Stark County Common Pleas Judge Charles E. Brown Jr.
He left court without commenting, but released a statement
through his attorney apologizing.
Dessecker announced his retirement in 2001 but remained with the district as a part-time assistant director. Part of his duties included depositing game ticket proceeds.
The school discovered Dessecker was altering forms that tracked ticket sales, a prosecutor said.
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