Crime

Former Pasadena Middle School Principal Charged with Theft, Misappropriating Public Funds

Woodrow Wilson Middle School. | Photo by Terry Miller / Beacon Media News

Los Angeles County District Attorney George Gascón announced Thursday that the former principal of Woodrow Wilson Middle School in Pasadena has been charged with pocketing tens of thousands of dollars while he worked at two schools over the past four years.

“Betraying students, their parents and school administrators is the ultimate failure for those who are the face and voice of a school,” Gascón said.

Kyle Douglas was charged with one count each of misappropriation of public funds, forgery and grand theft. He pleaded not guilty Thursday and is scheduled to return on April 23 for a preliminary hearing setting in Department 50 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center.

The case was filed on Feb. 22.

In 2017, while employed as the principal at Inglewood High School, the defendant is accused of negotiating a contract with a company for private use of the school’s parking lot. He allegedly did not receive authorization and profited about $57,000 from the deal.

Two years later, while working as principal at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, Douglas is accused of collecting about $10,000 for a student trip to China and never paying the company that he hired to organize the trip.

The case remains under investigation by the District Attorney’s Bureau of Investigation.

March 11, 2021

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