February appearance

Former Shakopee Schools Superintendent Rod Thompson, left, walks into Scott County District Court in February 2018 with his wife, Lori.

Scott County District Judge Christian Wilton on Friday morning scheduled former Shakopee Public Schools Superintendent Rod Thompson's trial to begin Nov. 26.

Thompson faces six counts of felony theft by swindle, 13 counts of felony embezzlement of public funds, one count of felony possession of stolen property and one count of misdemeanor receiving stolen property.

Thompson was present in court with his wife, Lori Thompson, and his attorney, Peter Wold.

Wold said there are no plans to negotiate a plea deal or do anything but take the case to trial.

"We're anxious to get to trial and sorry it's going to take that long," he said. "We'll be prepared and ready to go." 

Along with the trial date, Wilton scheduled a pre-trial hearing at which Thompson must appear at 1 p.m. Sept. 26.

The former superintendent was arrested and charged in November after a five-month Shakopee police investigation — sparked by a Valley News series of investigative reports — revealed he allegedly committed fraud with his contractual adoption benefit and allegedly made more than $30,000 in personal purchases using his school district credit card.

According to the charging documents in Scott County District Court, he also made 305 personal purchases using his district credit card between November 2014 and May 2017. Included in the purchases were sports memorabilia, personal memberships, an XBox, motorcycle jewelry, clothing, cowboy boots, alcohol flasks and personal travel expenses.

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