Banks mom stole money from school district sports program

SchornA Banks parent volunteer who was arrested last month for stealing money from a school cash box has pleaded guilty to one of the charges in Washington County Circuit Court.

Wearing black stretch pants and a floral top, a quiet and reserved Cindy Schorn appeared in front of Washington County Judge Beth Roberts last Thursday, June 12, to enter a plea for three charges of theft in the third degree.

The Banks resident opted for the county’s Early Case Resolution Program, which allowed her to plead guilty to one count of theft to resolve her case at the time of her arraignment.

The ECR calls for Schorn to pay $300 in restitution and fines and not have any contact with Banks School District for a year.

“I just have one question,” Schorn asked Roberts. “Does that mean I can’t watch my kids play ball?”

Roberts told Schorn she could not watch her kids during the next year, as that would count as contact with the district.

Schorn, 53, was arrested after a video surveillance tape showed her taking money from a school district cash box while she was collecting entry fees at two separate basketball games as a volunteer. Sgt. Dave Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office said he does not know the specific amount of money district officials think Schorn might have stolen.

Schorn also volunteered as a softball team statistician and concession stand co-chair and has been instrumental in ensuring the success of the Banks Community Auction, an annual event that has raised tens of thousands of dollars for student scholarships. She was the high school’s 2012-13 Parent Club president.

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