SIOUX CITY | A North High School band director charged with pawning $51,792 worth of instruments and equipment to pay off gambling debts resigned Monday.
According to the terms of an agreement dated April 8, Kevin Massey, 39, of Sergeant Bluff, will pay $5,000 in restitution to the Sioux City school district. The district also agreed to not seek any additional money.
The district had placed Massey on leave after it learned about the thefts.
The resignation, approved during Monday’s school board meeting, was not included on the original agenda but was added as an amendment during the meeting.
Superintendent Paul Gausman said the restitution should cover any property that has not been recovered.
“We are still working through the pawnshops to track a few items,” he said.
Massey declined to comment Tuesday.
Sioux City police recovered 62 instruments from three pawnshops during their investigation, according to an affidavit dated March 27. It is unclear how many instruments or other items are still missing, or what the exact value is.
Gausman declined to say what other items were pawned in addition to instruments.
Another teacher at North High had been looking for instruments for the school district on craigslist.org, an online classified advertising site, when he noticed several that looked familiar, according to the affidavit.
He emailed the other music teachers about what he'd found. Massey called the teacher who made the online discovery and said he had pawned the items to pay off gambling debts, according to police.
The court document said Massey has been pawning instruments since 2004.
School board President Mike Krysl said the district is cooperating with police and is investigating the incident.
Massey, who is charged with first-degree felony theft, is scheduled to appear in Woodbury County Court on April 15 for a preliminary hearing.