December 5, 2017

Grand jury recommends charges against two Pleasant Valley school officials, for wiretapping, other crimes

STROUDSBURG – The Eighth Monroe County Investigating Grand Jury issued a presentment on November 28 in a case involving the Pleasant Valley School District. On the following day, President Judge Margherita Patti-Worthington, referred the matter to the Monroe County District Attorney for further action.

The grand jury found reasonable grounds to believe that Joshua Krebs, Supervisor of Support Staff and Alex Sterenchok, Technology Supervisor, violated a state statute when, on or about April 5-6, 2016, they placed a recording device atop a vending machine in the faculty break room of the Pleasant Valley Elementary School. The device recorded both video and audio from the afternoon/evening of April 5 through the end of the following school day.

The grand jury’s recommendations include charging both Krebs and Sterenchok with felony violations for the wiretapping as well as criminal conspiracy. The grand jury further recommends that it continue its investigation of the school district into allegations of bribery in official and political matters, threats and improper influence in official and political matters, retaliation for past official action), and official oppression.

Detectives of the DA’s office are currently preparing criminal complaints and affidavits for the review and consideration by the district attorney.

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