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Ex-teacher sentenced for stealing from Special Olympics fund

October 1, 2018

SIOUX CITY, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a former Sioux City special education teacher to probation after she admitted to stealing from a school account for Special Olympics and other programs.

The Sioux City Journal reports District Judge Steven Andreasen on Monday sentenced 49-year-old Melissa Dickerson, of Sioux City, to five years of probation. She also must repay $5,063 to the Sioux City school district and complete 100 hours of community service.

Dickerson pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree theft. Court records show that for nearly a year beginning in August 2016, she withdrew money from accounts she set up under the names of East High School Special Olympics and the Friendship Connection. She acknowledged Monday using the money to pay personal bills.

Dickerson later resigned from her teaching position.

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Information from: Sioux City Journal, http://www.siouxcityjournal.com

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