Former Illinois principal admits to stealing

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Jerome Wakitsch photo from the Woodstock Police Department

WOODSTOCK, Ill. (AP) — The former principal of a northern Illinois middle school has admitted to stealing thousands of dollars from various non-district bank accounts.

Jerome Wakitsch, 42, of Woodstock is the former principal at Northwood Middle School and stole money for personal gain from accounts associated with the Parent Teacher Organization and the Fox Valley Junior High School Conference.

The Northwest Herald reports Wakitsch  pleaded guilty to forgery Thursday in McHenry County court. He was sentenced to two years of probation and ordered to pay more than $18,600 to the PTO and nearly $8,000 to the athletic conference, said Assistant State’s Attorney John Gibbons to the Chicago Tribune.

He also was sentenced to 180 days in the McHenry County Jail, but the term was stayed pending further issues.

He resigned as principal in August 2015.

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