Former school district secretary admits theft |

Former school district secretary admits theft

Staff reports

A longtime Douglas County School District secretary pleaded no contest Wednesday to misdemeanor theft, admitting she used purchase orders to illegally buy personal items.

Marci Appleton, 54, former secretary for the school district’s department of curriculum and instruction, appeared in East Fork Justice Court and agreed to pay $186.78 restitution to the school district and a $302 fine.

She faced up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.

“I took things that were not authorized,” Appleton told Judge Tom Perkins.

According to the criminal complaint, Appleton used purchasing orders to buy personal items including food, a hair dryer, clothing and toiletries from Aug. 12, 2010 to Aug. 11, 2011.

Rich Alexander, assistant superintendent for human resources, said Wednesday that Appleton was no longer employed by the school district. He said she worked for the district for about a dozen years.

No one from the district attended the hearing Wednesday, but Superintendent Lisa Noonan submitted a letter to the court.

“School district funds are provided by the taxpayers for educational purposes,” Noonan said. “When acts such as these take place, it damages the public’s trust in all of us, and not just the employee who let us down.”

Appleton said she could pay half of the fine and restitution on Wednesday. Perkins ordered her to pay the remainder by Feb. 13.