- Associated Press - Friday, December 16, 2016

SUMTER, S.C. (AP) - A former Berkeley County School District superintendent has pleaded guilty to a public corruption charge related to a 2012 school bond referendum.

The Post and Courier of Charleston reports (https://bit.ly/2h9q5da ) 49-year-old Rodney Thompson was ordered to serve a year of probation and pay a $2,500 fine.

If he violates his probation, he could have to serve the maximum sentence of a year in prison under his suspended sentence on the public corruption charge.

Circuit Judge Jeffrey Young told Thompson it appears he failed to keep former district communications director Amy Kovach under control.

Kovach had a five-year prison sentence suspended to two years of probation after pleading guilty to ethics charges. Kovach admitted she pushed for the nearly $200 million bond referendum while on the clock for the school district.

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