Po­lice: Prin­ci­pal stole $900 from dis­abled child

The Bradenton Herald - - News -

A Florida el­e­men­tary school prin­ci­pal is ac­cused of steal­ing $900 from a men­tally dis­abled 9-yearold.

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. It says 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.

Ed­ward Aber­nathy

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