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Principal accused of taking $900 from disabled 9-year-old

1 week 1 day 13 hours ago Friday, November 09 2018 Nov 9, 2018 November 09, 2018 6:08 AM November 09, 2018 in News
Source: Associated Press
Photo: Tampa Bay Times

LAND O'LAKES, Fla. (AP) - A Florida elementary school principal is accused of stealing $900 from a mentally disabled 9-year-old.

The Tampa Bay Times reports 50-year-old Edward John Abernathy was arrested Thursday and charged with grand theft. A Pasco County Sheriff's Office release says deputies were told the child brought $2,100 of his parents' money to Connerton Elementary School in Land O'Lakes in October. It says teachers told deputies they found the cash, counted it and locked it in the principal's office.

The release also said an investigation showed Abernathy only gave the student's mother $1,200 when she went to pick up the cash, pocketing the rest. Pasco County schools Superintendent Kurt Browning says Abernathy will be placed on paid administrative leave.

It's unclear if Abernathy has a lawyer.

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