An assistant principal at Trenton High School pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor embezzlement charge Wednesday morning at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice in Detroit, according to the Trenton Police Department.
Bret Woodley, 40, of Taylor, was charged on Aug. 15 with felony embezzlement after authorities accused him of taking about $1,500 from the City of Trenton, while working as a part-time employee at the Trenton Aquatic Center.
Scott Church, human resources director for the City of Trenton, said Woodley's employment was terminated in an official statement following the no contest plea.
"Based upon the results of the investigation regarding missing funds at the Kennedy pool and Mr. (Bret) Woodley's subsequent plea of no contest to the misdemeanor charge of embezzlement of funds from the City of Trenton, Mr. Woodley's employment with the City of Trenton has been terminated effective immediately," Church said.
A no-contest plea is treated like a guilty plea by the court. Trenton Police Chief Jim Nardone said Woodley received probation, though it was unclear Wednesday afternoon how long the probationary period will be.
Information on the case was unavailable due to an evacuation following a power outage at the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice.
"A major power outage affected Wayne State University, the Frank Murphy Hall of Justice, the City-County building, the Detroit Historical Museum, and the People Mover in downtown Detroit, according to CBS Detroit.
The power had not been restored by 4 p.m. Wednesday, according to the Wayne County Prosecutor's Office.
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