Plymouth superintendent in court on larceny charge

Eleanor Cruz.
Eleanor Cruz.

VERNON, Conn. (AP) — Plymouth’s new school superintendent spent part of the last day of summer break in court, being presented on charges she stole about $15,000 from the town of Hebron while running schools there.

A judge Tuesday transferred Eleanor Cruz’s case to the section of Rockville Superior Court that handles more serious criminal matters. She is scheduled to be arraigned Sept. 12 on a larceny charge.

Police accuse the 63-year-old Cruz of misusing school credit cards in 2012 to run up personal expenses, and misappropriating other school funds.

Plymouth officials have launched an investigation and asked Cruz not to show up for work until that review is completed.

Her lawyer, John Gesmonde, has said Cruz did not have any criminal intent and has characterized the issue as a misunderstanding.

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