Another sad Crego chapter
The former president of the Penn-Delco School Board was in court in Media on Monday for a pre-trial hearing. The belief was he was in the midst of negotiations with the district attorney’s office for a plea deal in connection with the bribery and drug charges filed against him in the scandal that shook the school district to its core.
That was Monday. On Wednesday Crego was back in jail. He’s been charged with intimidation of a witness in the case against him.
County detectives hauled him back in front of a judge, who revoked his bail and sent him off to Delaware County Prison. Crego had been on home monitoring while awaited trial. Now he’s behind bars.
It’s just the latest chapter in the bizarre saga that has gripped the district for more than a year.
Crego apparently has a thing for e-mail. As reported by our columnist Gil Spencer on Wednesday, Crego fired off an e-mail to new district solicitor Mike Levin to defend his role in a controversial split-dollar insurance plan that was instituted during his reign as school board boss. The plan wound up costing the district a bundle. Crego seemed to be pointing the finger of blame at school district financial officer John Steffy for the debacle. Levin did not seem amused. He’s apparently intent on trying to get the district’s money back.
That was not the extent of Crego’s e-mailing. And that’s what got him the visit from county detectives.
They allege he was using e-mail to intimidate Christina Fink, a former paramour who is a key witness against him. It was a blow-up with Fink, who he had managed to get onto the Penn-Delco School Board, that first put Crego’s actions in the spotlight.
Fink is a teacher in the Marple Newtown School District. County detectives allege Crego, using an alias, was sending e-mails to her superiors in Marple Newtown alleging she had been racking up criminal citations in the Scranton area. It turns out that that was a different person. Detectives say it’s part of a pattern of harassment Crego has waged against Fink.
It’s still just a bit mind-boggling to conisder that Crego was once the president of the Penn-Delco School Board, and vice-chairman of the Aston Republican Party. And he came within a whisker of being named the CEO of the Chester Upland School District.
Now he sits in a jail cell in the George W. Hill Correctional Facility in Thornbury Township.
Who knows if the deal he was offered on the original charges filed against him is still on the table.
At this point, maybe the deal he should be seeking is with Hollywood.
Then again, maybe not. I suppose you could make a movie out of all this, but who would believe it?
I might not, if I hadn’t witnessed it with my own eyes.