Chapman freed on reduced bond

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Court cites former superintendent’s health issues


TELL CITY – Marion Chapman, the disgraced former Cannelton City Schools superintendent accused of helping himself to school funds, was freed from jail on a reduced bond last week and will be on electronic monitoring as he awaits an October hearing

Citing Chapman’s health, Judge Lucy Goffinet issued an order Sept. 9, reducing Chapman’s bond to $10,000 cash. It had been set at $500,000 surety or $50,000 cash. Chapman had filed a request to have his bond lowered and that request was due to be considered Tuesday. However, the court acted a day sooner. Chapman posted bond Tuesday.

He is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from school coffers and had been in jail since his return in May from Louisiana.

Chapman faces two counts of theft, both Class C felonies, and two counts of official misconduct, a Class D felony, for allegedly taking $206,688 in salary that was in excess of his contract.
He is also charged with spending a $333,333 gift to the school system from the Dorothy Von Solbrig trust and using that money to pay school bills instead of creating a permanent endowment to benefit the school. Chapman served as superintendent from July 2005 through his firing in January 2012. He earned a salary of more than $90,000 annually under his superintendent’s contract.

Chapman, who also faces a civil complaint filed by the state’s attorney general, is due in court for an Oct. 22 pretrial conference.