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Rio Schools chief pleads in shoplifting case

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

April 27, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
The superintendent of the Rio School District in Ventura County has pleaded no contest to shoplifting charges.Sherianne Cotterell, 49, was sentenced to 24 hours in jail and three years probation for petty theft. Cotterell was cited last July after walking out of a T.J. Maxx store in Oxnard with a pair of high-heel shoes and a pair of sandals.

Cotterell's attorney says Cotterell has psychological issues and is receiving professional treatment.

Her attorney says they decided against going to trial to avoid resurrecting other unrelated violent and traumatic incidents in Cotterell's past.

The judge concurred and allowed Cotterell to be released immediately after official booking.

Rio School District School Board President Tim Blaylock says Cotterell's plea will not affect her job, and she has the full support of the school board.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.