LIMA — A former employee of Elida Local Schools charged with theft in office and aggravated theft for “depriving the … Elida School District of property or services” valued in excess of $100,000 but less than $500,000 on Monday waived his right to a speedy trial.
Matthew Burton, 42, of Lima, appeared in Allen County Common Pleas Court with his attorney, Kenneth Rexford, in what amounted to little more than a legal formality. Judge Jeffrey Reed tentatively scheduled an Aug. 21 trial date for Burton, who was indicted in October by a grand jury on the third-degree felony charges.
The theft in office charge stems from the allegation that Burton, the former head of maintenance for Elida Local School District, “while being a public or party official, did commit the theft offense when the property or service involved is owned by the state … or any political subdivision, department or agency … and the value of the property or services stolen was $5,000 or more.”
The indictment alleges the offenses took place between October 2007 through May 2017. Burton resigned his position with the school on May 11 of last year.
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