Former WHS choir teacher sentenced

Beth Sergent

February 25, 2014

MASON — A former Wahama High School choir teacher accused of using choir booster funds for personal use has been sentenced.

Crystal M. Hendricks, 45, was sentenced to 100 hours of community service in Mason County and $500 in fines plus court costs.

Hendricks recently appeared in Mason County Circuit Court before Judge David W. Nibert for her sentencing. Earlier this year she pleaded guilty to two counts of obtaining money by false pretenses which are misdemeanor offenses.

Hendrick’s plea agreement stated at sentencing, the state would recommend imposition of sentence suspended and Hendricks placed on probation. The plea agreement also stated Hendricks agrees to make restitution of $362.85.

Hendricks waived her right to prosecution by indictment and as such a two-count information, as opposed to indictment, was filed against her on Jan. 9. Each count contained in the information alleges in 2008 and in 2011, Hendricks committed the misdemeanor offense of obtaining money under false pretenses by obtaining money with intent to defraud the Wahama High School Choir Boosters of less than $1,000.

Hendricks was originally charged with one felony count of fraudulent schemes and released on a $20,000 surety bond. The Mason County Post of the West Virginia State Police conducted the initial investigation.