For personal gain

Having lived in the Green Bay area I remember how good Paul Deacon’s teams were at Bayport.  That’s what makes this even more disturbing.

The former Bay Port High School athletic director and basketball coach accused of stealing money from school athletic programs will face trial, a Brown County court commissioner ordered Wednesday.

Paul Deacon, 52, of Burlington, faces one count of felony theft for allegedly funneling money generated by school athletic programs into his personal accounts.

Testimony came from Betty Zimdars, the assistant superintendent of business and information services for the Howard-Suamico School District, and Brown County Sheriff’s Department investigator Chris Amraen.

They testified that an audit revealed that $15,506 allegedly deposited by Deacon into an unauthorized basketball club bank account should have gone into official school coffers.

The investigation also revealed checks totaling $39,687 were drawn on the basketball club’s account and made out to Deacon. The alleged thefts took place over six years, according to the criminal complaint filed in the case.

After Wednesday’s testimony, Deacon was bound over for trial. He is expected to appear at an arraignment on May 19. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years in prison.

Deacon is boys basketball coach at Burlington Catholic Central High School.

He resigned as coach at Bay Port in February 2004 after a suspension following what he termed at the time as a conflict with students who were not basketball players. He resigned as athletic director after the 2003-04 school year, then took the Burlington jobs in August 2004.

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