A former York Technical Institute employee has avoided trial on charges he "unlawfully disposed" of computer equipment when he worked at the YTI campus in Upper Allen Township.
Kenneth S. Nolte, 53, of Elmwood Boulevard in Spring Garden Township, was scheduled to appear in Cumberland County Court on Wednesday, but the proceeding was canceled after he was admitted into that county's Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition program on Jan. 8, according to court records.
ARD gives first-time nonviolent offenders the chance to avoid conviction by instead completing court-ordered requirements. Defendants don't have to admit guilt, and those who successfully complete ARD can have their records expunged.
Nolte had been a program director for YTI, according to his LinkedIn account.
The allegations: In 2012, he was charged with theft by unlawful taking and theft by failure to make required disposition of funds received.
According to court documents, part of Nolte's job was to sell or donate computer equipment owned by YTI. He sold at least nine pieces of equipment for $560, but never turned over the money to the school, documents allege.
He also gave away dozens of other pieces of YTI's computer equipment — valued at $7,600 — without school authorization, according to Upper Allen Township Police.
Nolte maintains he did turn over the $560 to YTI, documents state, but police could find no evidence of that.
Police filed charged in May 2012.
Nolte's defense attorney, Michael Carrucoli, was unavailable for comment.
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