CLEVELAND -- Richmond Heights Superintendent Robert J. Moore was relieved of his duties with pay Monday pending the outcome of an investigation.
Moore, 52, of Mentor, and Richard R. Muse, 43, of Cleveland Heights were arrested on warrants late Friday by the Cuyahoga County Sheriff's Office.
Bond was set for the pair on theft and bribery charges Monday, and they will be arraigned Thursday. Indictments were also handed down Monday.
Muse is the director of buildings and grounds for the district.
Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Tim McGinty said his office sought the arrest warrants based on taped evidence that the two shook down a business that contracted with the school district for $3,700 in cash in the past month.
Search warrants were executed Friday evening at school board offices in Richmond Heights and at Moore's home.
The Cuyahoga County prosecutor's office says both Muse and Moore were indicted for extortion, bribery, theft in office and soliciting or receiving improper compensation.
Both are out on bail.
Their arraignments are set for 8:30 a.m. Thursday.
The prosecutor's office sought arrest warrants for Moore and Muse based on video evidence of the two men shaking down a business for $3,700 in cash for the past month.
Former Richmond Heights Superintendent Linda Hardwick, who did not have her contract renewed in 2011, said she is sad over the developments.
"Let me say, these problems are systemic. It is all about power, and the kids pay the price," Hardwick says.
Moore is a pastor at Cathedral Worship Center in Euclid. We tried to reach him there but had no luck.
Moore and Muse could each face more than 11 years in prison if convicted on all charges.