WEST CHESTER >> Richard Wallace Como, the former superintendent of the Coatesville Area School District, was found guilty of multiple counts of felony theft Friday for a scheme he concocted to purchase commemorative championship rings for members of the high school’s football team.
Como, who stepped down from his position in 2013 just before a scandal broke in the district over racist text messages he exchanged with a member of his administration, also was found guilty of charges that he improperly arranged to get his son a job as a custodial supervisor with the district, and manipulated the sale of an electric generator he owned to the district.
The 71-year-old Como, who rose through the ranks of the district he called home for more than 20 years, sat stoically at the defense table between his two attorneys and showed little emotion as the jury foreman read the verdict, with its repeated intonation of the word “guilty.” Supporters in Senior Judge Thomas Gavin’s courtroom, however, appeared shocked at the verdict. When he heard the decision on the charge involving his hiring, Como’s son Matthew Como dropped his head and stared at the floor.
By Michael Rellahan, Daily Local News