Police Say Mesquite Football Coach Pawned School Items

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

A state Champion football coach is retiring after allegedly pawning school laptops, cameras and other campus property before buying them back.

The Dallas Morning News reports that Mesquite High School’s Steve Halpin, whose salary is among the state’s highest, has not been criminally charged. His retirement was announced in May and he is expected to work his last day on Friday.

The newspaper says Mesquite Police began investigating after more than $2,000 worth of cameras and a projector vanished from school in May. Investigators found that Halpin pawned 270 items dating to last year.

A Mesquite police spokesman says school administrators asked police not to pursue the matter. The newspaper reports that Mesquite school district officials didn't immediately report the problem as requested by state education officials, however district Superintendent Linda Henrie said the district acted appropriately with its investigation. The Texas Education Agency says it plans to further investigate the case.

Halpin led Mesquite to the Class 5A title in 2001. Reports indicate his salary is $93,000 a year, and he is president of the Texas High School Coaches Association.

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