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School custodian arrested for extortion

May 21, 2009
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MILLBROOK, AL — A Stanhope Elmore High School custodian was arrested for alleged­ly extorting money from a student in exchange for re­turning a confiscated cell phone instead of reporting the incident to school administrators, according to the Prattville Progress.
Gloria Reeves, who was charged with one felony count of second-degree extortion, was re­leased from the Elmore County Jail after posting $15,000 bond, the story stated.
In­terim principal Ginger Wright said that this sort of thing has never happened in the school before and there was no plan in place to prevent such activities, the story noted.
According to the story, Wright is working hard to help the students and staff recover while keeping the image of the school intact.
Gloria Reeves, Millbrook Po­lice Chief P.K. Johnson and the Elmore County School Sys­tem all declined to comment on the matter, the story added.
Wright said: "We teach them to trust their teachers. If there''s a problem, tell your par­ents. To put it in perspective, thank goodness those kids spoke up."
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