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Former Saratoga Springs school board president pleads guilty to grand larceny

April 12, 2017 07:17 PM

BALLSTON SPA - Charles "Chip" Locke spoke softly inside the courtroom Wednesday afternoon.

It was a fall from grace for the 43-year-old former Saratoga Springs School Board President.

"'Super Dad.' That's the best way to describe him. I believe he was 'Super Dad,'" said Samantha Jacksland, president of the Greenfield Elementary Home School Association. "He did it all and

Not only was Chip Locke an elected member of the school board, he was also treasurer of the Greenfield Home-School Association.

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It was in that capacity as treasurer that he stole $15,000 from a group whose mission is to help kids.

"To see him take advantage of our community in such a way was extremely devastating," said Jacksland.


When Acting County Court Judge Jeffrey Wait asked Locke how he pleaded, Locke said, "Guilty, your honor"

Locke pleaded guilty to grand larceny.

He'll get six months in county jail and 5 years probation.

And He has to pay back the $15,000 he took from the home school association.

"He was paying bills for his family from the account," said Saratoga County District Attorney Karen Heggen. "He was going to the ATM and getting money. He was writing checks to entities that the home school association had nothing to do with."

Locke will be sentenced June 8. He has 5 years to pay back the money he stole.

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