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Gilbert Public Schools places Gilbert High football coach on paid leave

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Posted: Tuesday, August 19, 2014 12:50 pm | Updated: 11:10 am, Fri Aug 22, 2014.

Gilbert Public Schools has placed Gilbert High School football coach Tim Rutt on paid administrative leave.

District Chief of Staff Alex Nardone said in an email that the district placed Rutt on leave on Aug. 14 due to Rutt’s involvement in a police investigation.

Gilbert Police Department spokesperson Jesse Sanger said the investigation, which is in its initial stages, is based on allegations that Rutt had misappropriated items donated by one of the school’s booster clubs. He said the approximate value of the items is $2,000.

Sanger said he was not sure whether charges could come from the investigation, but said any charge would most likely be related to misdemeanor theft. He said the department will offer an update about the case on Monday. 

Nardone said the district is unable to provide comment about the situation because of the police investigation into it. Rutt did not respond to requests for comment.

Rutt, whose team went 2-8 last year, was hired in advance of the 2013 football season after serving as an assistant at Basha High School. He also worked at Hamilton High School for more than a decade and played at Mesa Community College and Corona del Sol High School.

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