Former Bay Port dance team coach charged with theft
GREEN BAY (WLUK) – The former dance team coach at Bay Port High School has been charged with four counts of theft for allegedly stealing from the squad.
Brittany Rowell, 31, faces two felony and two misdemeanor theft counts. She is scheduled to make an initial appearance June 15.
According to the criminal complaint, there were multiple suspicious transactions – or deposits that weren’t made – that alerted school officials.
Rowell admitted to investigators that, for example, she took $2,915 from a car wash fundraiser. There was also money missing from a coupon book fundraiser, and from vendor fees from a craft show, the complaint states.
“Coaching dance was all I had ever done or wanted to do and I thought it was all I was good at. It was the only thing outside my kids that kept me going but I wasn't making enough money to survive,” Rowell is quoted as saying in the complaint. “I'm sorry that I didn't set a better example for the girls to follow. I wish that I wouldn't have done it because it was never worth losing what I lost in the process. The team and the people at Bay Port High School trusted me to do what was best and I let them down. I feel awful about everything and I have since the first day that I took the money. I know that I could have made better choices but at the time I felt so trapped and I didn't know what to do. I hope that my mistake will one day be forgiven and I am interested in doing whatever is necessary to repay my debts."
The school relieved her of her duties.