Principal gets 2 years probation for school theft

FLORENCE, Ala. (AP) - A former Lauderdale County school principal is serving two years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to felony theft involving school money and property.

Anderson Junior High Principal David Peoples entered the plea on March 13 and his termination was made final two days later.

The 55-year-old was arrested in January after a three-month investigation. Peoples received a 13-month suspended prison sentence.

He was ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution, of which he's paid $9,000 with the remainder due within 60 days.

He also agreed not to appeal his termination and not to appeal the findings of the state auditor.

Peoples was charged with failing to deposit money collected during school fundraising events and pawning a television and laptop computer that belonged to the school.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)