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Pleasant Valley wiretap case headed to court

Published September 20. 2018 09:51AM

Embattled Pleasant Valley Director of Support Services Joshua Krebs was back in court Wednesday morning for a formal arraignment on a second set of charges related to a wiretap case.

Two cases have been brought against Krebs, and as of Wednesday they were consolidated under Monroe County Court of Common Pleas Judge Stephen Higgins. Higgins has set a pretrial conference for 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21.

Krebs was arrested Dec. 26, 2017, and charged with multiple counts related to wiretapping. The charges included the interception, disclosure and use of communications.

In early 2017, a video/audio recorder was discovered in a break room at Pleasant Valley Elementary School. When questioned, Krebs admitted that he and district IT professional Alex Sterenchock had installed the camera in an attempt to catch a custodian who was believed to be taking long breaks.

In August 2017, the Monroe County investigating grand jury met to review the evidence and interview witnesses regarding the video/audio recordings.

In November the grand jury issued a presentment which stated that “reasonable grounds” had been found that both Krebs and Sterenchok had violated provisions of the Pennsylvania Wiretap Act. The grand jury recommended that both men be charged with a number of felonies.

On Dec. 26, Krebs was arrested and charged with eight felony counts related to the incident. Sterenchock has not been charged.

In January, Monroe County Judge Stephen Higgins modified Krebs’s conditions of bail, setting limits on contact with other district employees. The district responded by placing Krebs, who earns $114,261 per year, on paid administrative leave, where he remains.

Also in January, the grand jury met again to review additional evidence and testimony in the case. On June 20, Krebs was arrested and charged with three counts of perjury, all felonies, and three misdemeanor counts of false swearing in an official proceeding.

Krebs has pleaded not guilty to all counts and is preparing to go to trial.

On Wednesday, Higgins set the pretrial conference for November, but commented that with motions and discovery he expects that the date might change.

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