DiLeo accused of fraud, harassment

Ex-superintendent retired in 2017

Retired Central Cambria Superintendent Vincent DiLeo has surrendered his teaching certificates amid allegations that he engaged in fraud, sexual harassment and retaliatory actions while he was superintendent.

On March 2, 2018, an educator misconduct complaint was filed with the Pennsylvania Department of Education with allegations against DiLeo.

After receiving notice of the complaint, DiLeo agreed on Aug. 17 to surrender his educator certification and his employment eligibility, documents provided by the department stated.

The department made a probable cause determination after a preliminary investigation.

The department’s documents state that DiLeo:

n Gave unapproved monetary benefits to his secretary.

n Doubled the actual amount of hours that an ESL (English as a second language) consultant who was related to him worked so she could get paid more.

n Did not charge his brother for having his karate tournament on district property.

n Hired people without following proper protocol.

n Had a romantic and inappropriate relationship with a subordinate and gave perks to her.

n Mistreated employees; made inappropriate comments about female employees’ looks.

n Failed to take action during situations that had the potential to endanger the safety of students.

The documents, emailed to the Mirror by the department, gave no further information about those allegations.

DiLeo, Central Cambria’s superintendent for about 10 years, took a “temporary leave” from the district for “personal” reasons in mid-September 2017.

School board members and the district solicitor would not elaborate on those reasons at the time.

Later that month, board members voted at a special meeting to accept DiLeo’s retirement, explaining he had requested the departure in a letter he submitted.

DiLeo did not explain the circumstances that led to his decision to retire, according to a previous Mirror report.

DiLeo’s salary when he retired was $131,012, according to Department of Education statistics.

School district solicitor Carl Beard is not directly involved with the case but said Thursday that there are no criminal charges involved and that DiLeo’s public school employee pension remains intact.

DiLeo did not answer calls to his home or cellphone Thursday for a response to the allegations investigated by the department.

Current Central Cambria Superintendent Jason Moore, who succeeded DiLeo, declined comment.

“The district is moving forward,” Moore said. “We are looking forward and not backward.”