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Published: Tuesday, 2/10/2009

Former Cardinal Stritch coach found guilty of felonies

BY ERICA BLAKE
BLADE STAFF WRITER

A former head football coach at Cardinal Stritch High School was found guilty of two felony charges in Lucas County Common Pleas Court Tuesday.

Andre Hampton, 28, of 3521 146th St., pleaded no contest to one count each of falsification in a theft offense and forgery. He faces up to three years in prison when sentenced April 8.

At the time of his sentencing, six additional counts, including two counts of tampering with evidence, one count of forgery, and three counts of theft, will be dismissed.

Hampton was the head coach of the Catholic high school’s football team when he began a boosters club. It was from the account he created for the club that money was taken, authorities said.

The forgery conviction was a result of depositing a check into the account from a closed account of his mother’s. The falsification conviction is the result of false statements he made when opening the account from which he “diverted funds from account for personal use although he stated money was for the booster club,” Assistant Prosecutor J. Christopher Anderson said.

According to Hampton’s attorney, Jerry Phillips, the money in the account was used primarily for equipment for the football team. He said that Hampton found himself in a situation where he was spending more than the boosters were putting in and so he deposited money from the closed account to try and offset the balance.

Hampton has already reimbursed the credit union where the account was held more than $14,000, Mr. Phillip said.



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