- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 23, 2018

BALTIMORE (AP) - A former Baltimore county schools superintendent is facing charges of perjury for failing to disclose nearly $150,000 in private consulting income as well as his close ties to a company that contracted with the district, the office of Maryland’s State Prosecutor announced Tuesday.

Dallas Dance, 36, had abruptly resigned in April from the state’s third largest school system, offering no reason for his departure. The young charismatic leader was in the first year of his second contract, a four-year agreement paying him $287,000 annually, The Baltimore Sun reported .

The state prosecutor’s office said Tuesday that a grand jury indicted Dance on four counts of perjury. The charges allege that he failed to disclose his work for SUPES Academy and the related company Synesi Associates. Authorities said Dance negotiated and signed a no-bid contract with SUPES Academy and Baltimore County schools.

Prosecutors alleged that Dance claimed to have no outside income in 2012 when he was paid $13,500 by Synesi and $500 by SUPES.

The following year, authorities said that Dance received $72,000 from his own firm, Deliberate Excellence Consulting, for work he’d done for Synesi and others. Prosecutors allege he stated he earned no income from Deliberate on his 2013 financial disclosure form.

Dance also allegedly denied earning $47,000 through his Deliberate firm in 2015.

Dance did not immediately return a phone call or an email placed to his Virginia-based company, the DDance Group, which is listed on his LinkedIn page.

State prosecutor Emmet C. Davitt said in a statement that parents should “be able to trust that their Superintendent of Schools is carrying out his duties, honestly, with transparency and in the best interest of the students and the schools.”

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