GUILTY PLEA|Former County School Superintendent could get jail time
BALTIMORE (WBFF)-- Former Baltimore County School Superintendent Dallas Dance pleads guilty to perjury charges in a Baltimore County Courtroom.
The State Prosecutor said the sentence for Dallas Dance is 5 years all but 18 months suspended. The defense could try to lower the sentence.
The State Prosecutor called Dance’s cover up of his income egregious.
The court is accusing Dallas Dance of profiting off of the very schools he was charged with leading and reforming.
In January, Dance was indicted on four counts of perjury for failing to disclose nearly $147,000 in pay he received for private consulting with several companies beginning in 2012.
Prosecutors say he collected the money while he was serving as Baltimore County School Superintendent.
One of the charges allege Dance negotiated a no-bid contract between the school system and Chicago-based Supes Academy in 2012 while he was earning about $90,000 from the company in consulting fees.
Prosecutors say he did not disclose the payment to the district.
The indictment also states that he failed to disclose $1,500 a research firm paid him for consulting in 2015. The Baltimore Sun is reporting that the Washington-based nonprofit Institute Air received two contracts from the school district, each worth $750,000 last year.
As the county asked for records on possible outside income, Dr. Dance said if the documents came out, “he might as well kill himself.”
The Statement of facts also states Dance reached out to SUPES Academy and discussed the need for extra income due to his divorce.
According to Baltimore county school ethics rules, a public official cannot be paid by companies doing business with the school system or negotiating a contract with the school system.