Ex-PTO member offers teary apology for theft

BETHEL TWP., Ohio (WDTN) – Tears erupted in court Monday as a Bethel Schools’ PTO member was sentenced for theft.

Thirty days in prison. That was part of the sentence for former PTO member Amanda Stitzel after she admitted to stealing thousands of dollars for her own personal use.

Stitzel was immediately taken to jail after her court appearance in Miami County.

The former Bethel School’s PTO member pleaded guilty to felony grand theft after taking about $17,000 from the organization’s funds.

That happened over the course of a year between 2012 and 2013.

She did make one last plea to the court and the school’s PTO before being taken to jail.

“I am very sorry. I shouldn’t have decided to do what I did. What I’ve put everybody through is not fair to them.”

The judge also sentencing Stitzel to two years community control.

He said her apology could not undue the damage that was already done.


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