The News Courier in Athens, Alabama

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December 17, 2013

UPDATED: Career Tech director accused of misusing school account

DA: Authorities retrieve items from director’s Elkmont residence

— Authorities said on Tuesday that the investigation into the misuse of a school account at the Limestone County Career Technical Center is ongoing by the school system, Limestone County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.

Career Tech Center Director Mickey Charles Glass, 41, of 25402 Hays Mill Road in Elkmont, is charged with first-degree theft of property.

Glass turned himself in at the Limestone County Jail at 5 p.m. Monday and posted $5,000 bail an hour later, according to jail records. (The age listed differs from a previous report because his birthday is Dec. 17 and the arrest occurred on Dec. 16.)

District Attorney Brian Jones told The News Courier on Tuesday that Glass is accused of misusing a school account designated for purchasing instructional equipment and materials.

Jones said after Glass used the account to buy items, he would sell them locally and online through eBay and Craigslist, or he would keep the items for personal use.

“He is accused of buying property for the school and then selling it online or selling it locally,” Jones said. “A couple of items have been retrieved from his house — a lawnmower that was purchased for the school and a pool pump we removed from his pool (Monday) night.”

The district attorney described both the local and federal investigations into the misuse of school funds as "ongoing."

Sheriff Mike Blakely said the theft charge stemmed from allegations that Glass took property belonging to the school system. He said the charge would be presented to the next grand jury in early 2014.

First-degree theft of property is a Class B felony, which carries a sentence of two to 20 years and a $30,000 maximum fine.

Blakely said an ongoing investigation by the FBI is separate from one conducted by the Sheriff’s Office, and is being led by Investigator Lt. Lance Royals.

School officials said Tuesday they could not comment about specifics or discuss Glass but confirmed they are actively investigating the situation.

Dr. Tom Sisk, superintendent of Limestone County Schools, placed Glass on paid administrative leave last month. He previously said the leave began on Nov. 12 and was pending the outcome of an inquiry into the school’s records by a forensic auditor.

Glass is in his third year as director of the Career Tech Center, which he joined in 2011 after spending eight years as principal at Elkmont High School.

School records show that he joined the Limestone school system in 1998 as a teacher at Elkmont and served as the school’s assistant principal from 2002-03.

Glass and his family are active members of Lindsay Lane Baptist Church in Athens.

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