Former Derby principal accused of stealing from association

DERBY, Conn. (WTNH) — A former Derby principal has been arrested, accused of stealing thousands of dollars from the Administrators Association.

Gregory Gaillard resigned from his position at Derby High School in December, citing personal reasons. Police say his resignation is not believed to be related to the missing money allegations. However, they say those discrepancies in the association’s bank account were reported later the same week the principal resigned. He’s now charged with second-degree larceny.

“It’s sad, very sad” said Derby resident Virginia Russ. “You want to trust people in that position and you wonder who you can trust.”

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Residents say what Gaillard is accused of sets a terrible example for teenage children.

“When you want them to be honest and upright citizens and you’re not yourself, that’s got to be hard for them,” said Russ.

Gaillard was the association’s president and oversaw finances. When more than $13,000 came up missing, he was the main suspect.

“How can you set an example for kids and you’re doing that?” said one man, who didn’t want to be identified. “The only example you’re showing these kids as a principal is how to be a thief.”

Gaillard is scheduled to appear in court next week.

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