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Ex-Penns Valley AD Hosterman faces more charges, calls himself ‘a thief and a bad person’

Don Hosterman, former Mountain League Treasurer and Penns Valley Area School District Athletic Director, was arraigned Thursday on felony theft charges.
Don Hosterman, former Mountain League Treasurer and Penns Valley Area School District Athletic Director, was arraigned Thursday on felony theft charges. CDT photo

Former Penns Valley athletic director Don Hosterman was arraigned on Thursday, accused of taking money from the Mountain League when he was treasurer of the high school sports organization.

A police criminal complaint made public Thursday says Hosterman referred to himself as “a thief and a bad person.”

He is accused of felony theft by unlawful taking or disposition and receiving stolen property.

The complaint shows Hosterman, 69, of Millheim, is accused of writing 27 checks to himself from the Mountain League account from 2010 to 2013. The checks total $22,800, the complaint said.

League officials became concerned earlier this year when Hosterman was accused of taking money from game receipts at Penns Valley athletic events from Jan. 16 to Feb. 4.

Trooper Jeffrey Ebeck said he was contacted by the league March 19, and then met with Hosterman.

“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,” Ebeck said in the complaint.

The trooper said Hosterman told him he was borrowing the money for farm expenses.

“I explained to him the dollar amount rose to the level of a felony and that he was stealing money from an organization for children,” Ebeck wrote. “Hosterman then began to cry. He apologized and told me he is a thief and a bad person.”

The Mountain League includes eight area high schools, including four from Centre County: Bald Eagle, Bellefonte, Philipsburg-Osceola and Penns Valley, where Hosterman was removed as athletic director after the initial charges of theft from that district.

In February, Hosterman was charged with stealing $390.75 from Penns Valley athletic events over several weeks. He waived his preliminary hearing on those charges, which President Judge Thomas King Kistler sent back to district court last week for disposition.

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