Youth cheerleading coach accused of stealing money from team
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UNION TOWNSHIP, CLERMONT COUNTY, OH (FOX19) -
The head coach of the Glen Este sixth grade youth football cheer team is under investigation for allegedly stealing money from the organization for personal use.
According to Keith West, President of the Glen Este Youth Football and Cheer Organization, head coach Bonnie Ducolon is accused of stealing around $6,000.
Ducolon has until Jan. 9 to pay back the money. If she does not pay back the money by 5 p.m. on that day, the organization will file grand theft charges, West said.
On Monday, a letter was sent to the Glen Este Youth Football Cheer families regarding the money. The letter informed parents that Ducolon admitted to taking the money with intentions of paying it back during the year. However, the letter says, as the amount grew larger she was unable to do so.
"We are going to attempt to recover all stolen funds, if this is not possible, GEYFC will take care of the team's end-of-the-year party and make sure that the season ends on a good note for them and not a disaster," the statement reads.
The statement continues "Also, all though [sic] we are upset about this issue please try to keep this news to adults only. The coach in question did have a child and other family in our organization. It is important to us that we not hold them accountable for the decisions of the coach in question."
Sunday, Ducolon was sent a letter informing her of the time table in which she is ordered to pay back the money. The organization is also asking her to immediately turn over any Glen Este youth property including receipt books, excess funds, equipment, trophies and photos. If those items are not returned, legal action may be taken.
The letter also clarifies that, if other issues arise, they could involve Union Township police.
Ducolon is still serving as the head coach of the sixth grade cheer team.