Monday, March 22, 2010

Sutter, California school employee arrested for embezzlement

A Sutter Union High School District employee was arrested Sunday on suspicion of embezzling from the district.  Christopher Lawrence Crabtree, 37, of the 2100 block of Pepper Street, Sutter, was arrested by the Sutter County Sheriff's Department at 3 p.m. at his home. He was booked into Sutter County Jail, where bail was set at $15,000. He was no longer being held Monday.
Crabtree used a school district charge account to buy new auto parts for his personal use, according to Sheriff's Department spokeswoman Brenda Baker. He worked in the custodial and transportation departments, according to a jail booking sheet.
Crabtree is scheduled to be arraigned at 9 a.m. April 12 in Sutter County Superior Court.
Custodian Crabtree lists the same Sutter address in the 2100 block of Pepper Street as Larry Crabtree, a former teacher at Sutter High School.
Larry Crabtree works as a consultant preparing the orchard at the high school for harvest and supervising students' agricultural projects. He is the father of Tim Crabtree, 44, a trustee for the Sutter Union High School District and the target of a recall that Larry Crabtree supports.
Backers of the recall, which goes before voters in June, contend that Tim Crabtree "has demonstrated that he has a personal vendetta against the school district" and certain personnel including his father.
Tim Crabtree has said that he faces the recall for asking questions about school district policies and because he is not a rubber stamp for the district administration.
Neither Tim nor Larry Crabtree could be reached Monday for comment.

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