- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 18, 2014

CLEVELAND (AP) - A school superintendent and grounds director have pleaded not guilty to charges alleging they demanded and received bribes from a company doing business with their Cleveland-area district.

Richmond Heights superintendent Robert Moore and buildings director Richard Muse were indicted on charges of extortion, bribery, theft in office and soliciting or receiving improper compensation. They pleaded not guilty Monday in a Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County court.

Prosecutors allege 52-year-old Moore, of Mentor, and 43-year-old Muse, of Cleveland, threatened to end a business arrangement with the district unless they got cash payments.

The Plain Dealer in Cleveland (http://bit.ly/OtXr85 ) reports they’re on paid leave from the school district.

Moore’s attorney says he maintains he’s not guilty. Muse’s attorney didn’t immediately respond to a message seeking comment Tuesday evening.

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Information from: The Plain Dealer, http://www.cleveland.com

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