Crime

Teacher pleads guilty to stealing from Caldwell School District

A Canyon County educator has agreed to surrender her teaching certificate and pay restitution to the Caldwell School District after pleading guilty to a charge of petit theft.

Elysa G. Skousen was initially charged in January with felony receiving, possessing or disposing of stolen property. An April plea deal reduced the charge to a misdemeanor.

Caldwell police, Caldwell School District administrators and Canyon County prosecutors say Skousen purchased technology equipment with district money, left her job with the district and never returned the items, according to Canyon County court records.

The technology devices at issue included two iPod Touches, three iPad 2s, an iMac 27 and three iPad Minis valued at $4,747.96, according to an affidavit of probable cause signed by Caldwell Police detective Michelle Emmons.

Terms of the plea agreement call for Skousen to serve two years unsupervised probation, pay $6,880.64 in restitution to the Caldwell district and surrender her Idaho teaching certificate for two years, effective May 29, according to court records.

Skousen was also given a one-year suspended jail sentence, ordered to serve five days on the Canyon County sheriff’s work detail and perform 200 hours of community service.

Skousen has not taught in the Caldwell district for more than two years, but formerly worked as a teacher at Canyon Springs High School. The criminal complaint dates to August 2013, when Caldwell Superintendent Tim Rosandick filed a report with Caldwell police.

Skousen was working at Vallivue School District’s Vallivue Academy when she was charged in January.

In a separate case, Skousen charged in 2002 with felony theft by acquiring lost property. That Canyon County charge was also reduced to petit theft in exchange for a guilty plea. In that case, Skousen was ordered to serve 90 days in jail, with 80 days of that term suspended, Canyon County court records indicate.

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