Accused Penn-Trafford coach resigns
Wednesday, March 15, 2006

A Penn-Trafford basketball coach and veteran teacher accused of stealing money from the athletic director's office has resigned from the school district.

School directors Monday unanimously accepted the resignation of Paul Maljan, 55, of Irwin.

Mr. Maljan was arrested by Penn Township police on Feb. 28 on charges of burglary, theft and receiving stolen property after investigators said they caught the coach on videotape taking money from a safe in the athletic director's office. Mr. Maljan did not have permission to be in the office or access the safe, according to school administrators who were interviewed during the investigation. Police reports indicate Mr. Maljan was wearing gloves when he removed $1,000 in cash on Feb. 25 at approximately 8 a.m.

Police reported that Mr. Maljan later confessed to taking the money and said he had taken another $1,700 from the safe earlier in the month.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for Tuesday before Harrison City District Judge Helen Kistler.

First published on March 15, 2006 at 12:00 am
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