Ex-treasurer for youth sports group found guilty of theft

The former treasurer of a Covington youth sports organization was found guilty of theft of money from the group after a two-day trial in Miami County Common Pleas Court this week.

Jack L. Staudt III, 41, of Covington testified at a trial Tuesday that he was part of a disorganized volunteer organization, but he never stole any of its money.

“As far as taking the money, I did not do that,” Staudt testified. “Every dime that came to me was deposited.”

Staudt, a former dispatch supervisor at the county 911 center, had waived his right to a jury trial on the accusations and had the case heard by Judge Christopher Gee in Common Pleas Court.

Gee announced his verdict during a brief hearing Thursday.

A presentence investigation was ordered and sentencing scheduled for July 6. The fifth-degree felony charge carried a penalty of up to one year in prison. Gee approved Staudt’s continued release.

Janna Parker, assistant county prosecutor, and defense lawyer Steve King declined comment following the verdict.

Staudt was accused of felony theft for allegedly stealing more than $3,275 from the Little Buccs football and cheerleading program after taking over as treasurer in January 2013.

Among testimony of three program representatives was that Staudt failed to attend several monthly meetings, failed to provide written financial statements to the board and, in the end, failed to respond to repeated efforts to contact him about organization finances.

A bounced check led to police involvement.

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