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Former Symmes Elementary teacher charged with stealing from PTA

TAMPA — A former second-grade teacher and PTA treasurer at Symmes Elementary School turned herself in at the Hillsborough County jail on Thursday on charges she stole more than $10,000 from the school organization.

Deitrich Thompson, 33, of Tampa admitted taking the money from the PTA for personal use, said Debbie Carter, a spokeswoman for the Hills­borough County Sheriff's Office.

Thompson served as the PTA treasurer during the 2008-2009 school year and then refused to turn over records to the new treasurer in 2010, Carter said. When the organization requested bank records, it noticed the missing funds and turned the case over to the Sheriff's Office in January.

Thompson resigned from Symmes on Feb. 14. She graduated from Nova Southeastern University in 2005 with a business degree and joined the Hills­borough County school district the same year, said Linda Cobbe, a school district spokeswoman.

She taught fifth grade at Corr and Lockhart elementary schools before moving to Symmes in 2007.

Thompson had no previous discipline history and resigned before the school district's professional standards committee could address the complaint.

Officials have already reported the arrest to the state teacher certification board for review.

Thompson was charged with grand theft in the third degree and was released after posting $2,000 bail Thursday.

Former Symmes Elementary teacher charged with stealing from PTA 03/18/11 [Last modified: Saturday, March 19, 2011 12:17am]

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