The case against former Dexter Community Schools Technology Director Brian Tungl by the Washtenaw County Prosecutor’s Office will miss slide past two previously set court dates of Feb. 22 and March 7 because of additional charges being brought in the case.
Tungl, who allegedly stole more than $100,000 in equipment from Dexter’s school district since 2011, will now be charged with tampering with evidence, according to discussion at the recent Board of Education meeting earlier this week.
He has previously been charged with embezzling $100,000 or more, embezzling $50,000 to $100,000, and unauthorized access to computers indicating that he allegedly not only stole physical equipment but was using the school district’s machines, networks and Internet access for purposes outside of the scope of his job duties prior to the end of his employment in 2014.
DCS Superintendent Chris Timmis continued to express frustration and disappointment in the fact that the district has to be involved in such a situation, let alone the ongoing delays that have continued a string of court dates from 2015 seemingly throughout the rest of the current school year.
“It’s getting frustrating,” Timmis told his board while reporting to them on the status of the case.
The new evidence tampering charges were recently authorized by the prosecutor’s office as some evidence collected in the case has been sent off to forensics specialists for them to determine if Tungl attempted to conceal his actions through his use or alteration of some of the equipment and other materials involved in the charges, according to Timmis.
Board President Michael Wendorf and Vice President Juli Schumaker expressed concern about the affected equipment, asking if the district would be able to use it again soon.
Timmis shared one piece of good news; some of the equipment involved in the case had been released back to the district and was in use at various buildings.
Equipment belonging to the district was found in Tungl’s residence and at a church in Davison that he was involved with. The equipment was discovered missing after the district’s internal controls revealed discrepancies in inventory management systems that Tungl had access to and was responsible for.
A joint DCS and Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office investigation produced enough evidence for the arrest and charging of Tungl in the case.
Tungl resigned shortly thereafter and was subsequently released on $5,000 bond post-arrest.