NEWARK – A former Licking Valley School District teacher was accepted into a diversion program after being accused of stealing money from a school fundraiser.
Kristina Gossett had been indicted in July for reportedly stealing more than $6,000 from a Licking Valley Elementary School festival. Gossett was also believed to have taken from a T-shirt sale benefiting the family of Valley graduate Anthony Moran.
According to court records, Gossett had been charged with two fifth-degree felony counts of theft. In November, she was accepted into a diversion program.
The diversion program allows for someone who is a first-time offender who is accused of a non-violent crime to avoid having a felony conviction on their record.
To be accepted into the program, a defendant goes through multiple interviews and must accept responsibility for their actions.
Part of a diversion program involves paying restitution to the victim.
Gossett had resigned from her position as a teacher in the Licking Valley district in April after reportedly admitting to stealing money in 2016 and 2017 to cover bills.
If Gossett completes the diversion program successfully, her case will be dismissed.
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