Thursday, September 12, 2013

Trenton Athletic Director Receives 6 Months Probation for Embezzlement in Michigan

The athletic director for Trenton Public Schools received six months probation after he pleaded no contest to misdemeanor embezzlement Wednesday at Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit.

Woodley, 40, of Taylor, was charged on Aug. 15 with felony embezzlement after authorities accused him of taking about $1,500 from the City of Trenton, while working as a part-time employee at the Trenton Aquatic Center.

Judge James R. Chylinski reduced the felony charge against Woodley to a misdemeanor.

Woodley's probation period began Wednesday. He will also have to pay $400 in various court costs.

Woodley is also the assistant principal at Trenton High School.

Superintendent Rod Wakeham said Woodley remains on paid administrative leave as an employee of the district, while district officials discuss the situation with legal council.

"(Woodley is) still on paid administrative leave as we investigate all matters with this case," Wakeham said.

Wakeham added he has no idea when a definitive answer will be made as to whether or not Woodely will be able to resume his positions with the district following the no contest plea.

In the meantime, Wakeham said former superintendent Larry Leaply will be taking over as interim athletic director. Leaply will be stepping in for Douglas Mentzer, so Mentzer can focus on his duties as principal at Anderson Elementary School.

Scott Church, human resources director for the City of Trenton, said Woodley's employment was terminated in an official statement following the no contest plea

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