Former athletic director pleads guilty to theft

David W. Hosterman, the former Penns Valley athletic director, pleaded guilty to charges that he took almost $23,000 from the Mountain League and about $400 from the school district athletic department.

Hosterman, 68, of Millheim pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and one count of receiving stolen property, according to a release from the Centre County District Attorney’s office. He will be sentenced on Aug. 15.

Hosterman was first charged in February after Penns Valley administrators found a $390.75 discrepancy in the athletic department’s books, which were overseen by Hosterman, according to the release.

At the time, Hosterman was responsible for putting the money collected from admission to Penns Valley sporting events in a safe, according to the release. In January, a secretary began to count money before Hosterman, without his knowledge, and the issue was uncovered, according to the release.

Footage from a surveillance camera also showed Hosterman “placing money in his pockets while he was counting funds,” according to the release.

In March, Hosterman was charged with issuing himself checks from the Mountain League, of which he was the treasurer, according to the release. He issued himself checks on 27 different occasions, according to the release, to a total of $22,800 from the league.

The Mountain League is made up of eight schools: Bald Eagle Area, Penns Valley, Tyrone, Central, Huntingdon, Clearfield, Bellefonte and Phillipsburg-Osceola.

Centre County District Attorney Stacy Parks Miller said in the release that Hosterman “hurt every child he pretended to help.”

“He selfishly deprived teachers of precious resources intended to better the lives of students in order to pad his personal bank account,” she said in the release. “We will demand that he pay for breaking their trust.”