Two former high-ranking officials of the Richmond Heights Local School District have entered guilty pleas to public corruption charges

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CLEVELAND -- Two former high-ranking officials of the Richmond Heights Local School District have entered guilty pleas to public corruption charges, according to Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Timothy J. McGinty.

Dr. Robert J. Moore, the former Superintendent of Schools, entered a plea of guilty to one count each of bribery and theft in office.

Richard Muse, 43, the district's former Director of Buildings and Grounds, entered a plea of guilty to one charge each of theft in office and forgery.

Cuyahoga County Common Pleas Court Judge Shirley Strickland Saffold will sentence Moore and Muse on May 22.

Moore and Muse were indicted and arrested on Feb. 28.

Earlier that day, they had accepted the second of two cash payments from the operator of an early childhood education center that rented space from the school district. Moore and Muse had threatened to terminate the lease unless they received the payments.

The two were also named in a superseding indictment on March 26. The new indictment amended the initial theft in office charge against Moore to include his use of district funds to pay for Muse to accompany him on a business trip to Columbus.

The indictment also charged Muse with having forged professional training certifications when he applied for his job with the school district.

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