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Follow-up: School Employee Charged

POSTED: 09:21 AM ET, 12/12/2007 by The Editors
TAGS: schools

A technology manager for District of Columbia schools who stuck schoolchildren with his tabs for thousands of dollars worth of lavish restaurant meals, nightclub jaunts and visits to a strip club has been charged with filing fraudulent expense reimbursement requests. Emerson Crawley was the subject of an article last month in The Post's ongoing investigation of the D.C. school system, which documented that school employees routinely misuse or steal student activity money and are rarely held accountable.

The D.C. Office of the Attorney General charged Crawley with 17 misdemeanor counts of false representations for claiming in 2004 and 2005 that personal meals, drinks and adult entertainment expenses were for school-related training and meetings. Crawley is an employee of Afterschool for All, a program that provides afternoon instruction and supervision to impoverished children in more than 80 public schools. He said in an interview that he is being unfairly singled out for practices that were routine in his program and that were condoned by previous supervisors.

By The Editors |  December 12, 2007; 9:21 AM ET D.C. Region
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Well, it's about time. But only misdemeanors?

As for this guy's "everybody does it and they're picking on me" theory, the AG has the opportunity to change that by socking it to everyone who's playing fast and loose with these school funds.

You think if more people get charged, the oversight will tighten up and people will think twice? I'd like to think that, but am not sure.

Posted by: dirrtysw | December 12, 2007 9:51 AM

So it was okay to steal money from school children because it was "routine" and "condoned by supervisors"? What a joke. What a lowlife.

Posted by: anon | December 12, 2007 11:56 AM

The AG need to have a forensics audit done on all agencies within the DC government on their finances ASAP, before they start trashing their records to cover-up their illegal activities. This is a city that is controlled by a criminal enterprise!

Posted by: waldorf | December 12, 2007 12:16 PM

"Everybody is doing it, stop picking on me." No crook, your stealing from children. You need to be fired. I hope you still do not have expense spending privleges. Going to strip clubs on the kids money is unlawful. Two words, "YOUR FIRED".

Posted by: Jake | December 12, 2007 12:20 PM

You guys need to get over yourselves and realize the DC public schools goal is not educating students. It is a jobs program for an under qualified and unprofessional populace. Always has been, always will be.

Posted by: DreMIT | December 12, 2007 12:27 PM

Make him pay back the money.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 12, 2007 12:32 PM


This jerk is a thieving scumbag and needs to get about five years in the pen.

Many of us educators busted our butts all our lives trying to prepare kids for life. Then this lowlife scum steals thousands of dollars with fraudulent expense reimbursement requests.

I'd love to meet up with this punk in a dark alley somewhere.

Posted by: DocChuck | December 12, 2007 12:41 PM

But he assured his boss he didn't think he was doing anything wrong! What's the town coming to when an alcoholic sex addict klepto's word isn't good enough?

Posted by: Say It Ain't So | December 12, 2007 1:11 PM

It just goes to show the higher ups are bent as well. DC needs to clean house from top to bottom. Fire anyone who was hired while Barry was the mayor.

Posted by: FLvet | December 12, 2007 1:40 PM

I don't understand why everyone's getting all worked up about a DC school employee spending a few bucks at strip club.

Aren't we the same people who reelected a mayor who did jail time after being caught smoking crack with a woman who was not his wife in a hotel room?

Why is that OK, but this isn't?

Posted by: LDK | December 12, 2007 1:41 PM

He's right "everybody is doing it". There are no checks and balances in DCPS - time sheets are faked, friends are paid and NO TUTORIAL is taking place. It's a misuse of federal funds - even the monitors look the other way. Audits are needed immediately - esp in southeast DC!

Posted by: intheknow | December 12, 2007 1:56 PM

What about his supervisor, who let him and the other guy stick around because "they didn't think what they were doing was wrong"? What a joke. Punish her too.

Posted by: clevelandparker | December 12, 2007 2:07 PM

i don't believe all of these people were hired under barry's administration, but the problem is the mentality in DC. everyone is out for 'self' and anyone else be danged!. hmmm kinda like the feds. anyway DC clean house from the top down. this can only work if the top allows it

Posted by: NALL92 | December 12, 2007 3:20 PM

I believe that DCPS is a broken system that has to be destroyed before it can be fixed. The mayor is on the right track but even he cannot defeat the monster called DCPS.

Posted by: MarylandRes | December 13, 2007 11:59 PM

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