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Captain Pancakes
08-26-2016, 04:36 PM
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ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) – A former middle school principal is accused of stealing money that was being raised for a field trip that was supposed to be taken over spring break.

Cornelius Green, the former principal of Carr Lane Visual Performing Arts School, was arrested Thursday in relation to a theft investigation. He was taken into custody at the St. Louis Public Schools Central Office, police said.

According to the probable cause statement released Friday morning, Green is accused of taking $2,200 between the beginning of 2016 and March. The money was being collected for a field trip and was being kept in a locked closet within the school building during the day.

The employee who was assisting Green in collecting the money for the field trip said she took the money home every night. She said she had told Green where the money was kept during the school day.

A witness told officials that on March 3 she saw Green open the locked closet while the other employee was on lunch duty in the cafeteria. When the other employee learned Green was inside the closet, it was discovered that another $500 was missing, officials said.

Green has been charged with two counts of stealing.

Green began his employment with the district in 2002 and was named principal at Carr Lane Visual Performance Arts School in 2013.

Over the summer, Green was reassigned from the principal position to an information technology job in the district, according to the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

Green is also the former boyfriend of Jocelyn Peters, a former teacher at Mann Elementary School.

Green found his pregnant girlfriend, Jocelyn Peters, dead in her bed in the 4200 block of West Pine in March. She reportedly died of gunshot wounds. Green’s childhood friend, Phillip J. Cutler, of Oklahoma, was arrested and charged with her murder in May.

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