FREEHOLD, N.J. — A former business administrator who stole money from a New Jersey school district has been spared a prison term.

Monmouth County prosecutors say Dennis Kotch must instead serve a year of probation.

The 41-year-old Wall resident had resigned from his post with the Shore Regional high school district in May 2016, shortly after the district told authorities he may have been involved in stealing money.

Kotch eventually pleaded guilty in June to two counts each of official misconduct and theft by unlawful taking and single counts of misapplication of entrusted property and insurance fraud.

Prosecutors say Kotch unilaterally hired a paid intern from January 2015 through May 2016 to do work that was his responsibility. The intern did most of the work remotely from Florida where she was attending college.

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