Poca principal charged with using school debit card for personal purchases

By MetroNews Staff in News
POCA, W.Va. — The principal at Poca High School was arrested after an investigation revealed he twice used a school debit card for personal purchases.

Bradley Knell was arrested Thursday and charged with two counts of computer fraud, allegedly using a card linked to the basketball teams’ boosters.

According to a criminal complaint filed in Putnam County Magistrate Court, investigators obtained bank account transaction history for the debit card and contacted two of the businesses where recent transactions were made.

The account history showed Knell bought over $75 worth of gas with the card, and video surveillance from Sept. 5 showed him pumping gas from a Sheetz station into his truck. He also allegedly used the card at a GoMart.

Putnam County Schools released a statement from Superintendent John Hudson:

Putnam County Schools Administration is aware of the recent arrest of a Putnam County Schools employee and the serious allegations asserted against the employee. Upon being informed of the arrest, at the direction of administration, the employee has not been in the school or on Board property. As the Superintendent, in compliance with the applicable West Virginia school laws that govern employees and the due process rights afforded to employees, I am unable to provide anything further at this time.

Knell was released on $5,000 bond.