Donald Hosterman had already called himself “ a thief and a bad person.” Now he has formally pleaded guilty to his crimes in court.
On Thursday, Hosterman, 68, of Millheim, entered a guilty plea in Centre County Court to all charges, Assistant District Attorney Nathan Boob confirmed Friday.
Hosterman, the former Penns Valley Area School District athletic director, was charged with the same crimes in two cases.
The first case came to light in February, when school district officials became aware of discrepancies in ticket money from athletic events.
The district was able to prove a loss of $390.75 in revenue, and worked with state police at Rockview to prosecute Hosterman. He was charged with misdemeanor counts of theft by unlawful taking and receiving stolen property.
That case prompted another organization to look at its books. Hosterman was the onetime treasurer for the Mountain League, an athletic organization representing eight central Pennsylvania school districts, including Penns Valley, Bald Eagle Area, Bellefonte and Philipsburg-Osceola in Centre County.
Police found that Hosterman had written checks to himself over a 31/2-year period, totaling $22,800.
“He admitted to writing multiple checks to himself over the years but was quick to tell me he put all the money back into the account,” Trooper Jeffrey Ebeck said in the complaint.
When Ebeck pointed out that the money was being stolen from children, Hosterman cried and said he was a “thief and a bad person.” The trooper said Hosterman told him he was borrowing the money for farm expenses.
Sentencing will be Aug. 15, Boob said.
“What is most disturbing about the defendant’s crime is that he hurt every child he pretended to help. He selfishly deprived teachers of precious resources intended to better the lives of students in order to pad his personal bank account. We will demand that he pay for breaking their trust,” District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in a statement.
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