Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Former White Knoll, South Carolina High athletics director pleads guilty to embezzlement

 Former White Knoll High School athletics director Bryan Butz pleaded guilty Wednesday to embezzling money raised to help equip sports teams.

His sentencing was deferred until Sept. 30, after Assistant 11th Circuit Solicitor Robert Elam said discussions are continuing about repayment.

“We have some issues regarding restitution,” he said.

Butz is charged with embezzling more than $135,000 in public money, but Elam said there is a dispute on the amount.

Circuit Judge Robert Hood accepted the plea.

Butz said little other than to tell the judge he is on medication for depression.

The outcome came nearly three years after Butz was charged with embezzling money.

He took checks from the school athletic booster club and deposited them in a private checking account from 2006-10, officials have said.

Butz handled the club money because, as athletic director, he was supposed to buy things such as uniforms for school teams with the funds.

He came to the school in 2002 as an athletics trainer and was later promoted to athletics director.

White Knoll is the second-largest high school in Lexington 1 with more than 1,800 students.

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