Education

Former Wayne schools leader charged with accepting gifts, favors

Posted April 25, 2013

— Sheriff's officials arrested a former Wayne County assistant superintendent Wednesday and charged him with unlawfully accepting gifts and favors from contractors and suppliers while he worked with the school system.

Donald Sprunt Hill, 61, of 204 Ramblewood Drive in Mt. Olive, was being held on a $2,500 bond.

His arrest was part of a joint investigation by the FBI and Wayne County Sheriff's Office, and the charges stem from July 1, 2007, to June 30, 2009.

The investigation began in March 2009. The school system placed Hill on administrative leave on Dec. 18, 2009, and he retired in March 2010, according to school spokesman Ken Derksen.

The state Attorney General's Office will prosecute the case. Hill's first court date is set for April 30. No other information was released.

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  • wasone Apr 29, 2013

    Plea bargin has already been presented.

  • beachboater Apr 29, 2013

    I've known Sprunt for more years than I care to remember. When this first came out several years ago, I was shocked. Being from this area there have been rumors out the yeng yang. Nobody knows what really happened.

    Whatever the turnout, I'm glad this will finally be resolved. I personally hope that he is innocent. However, if he is guilty, he should be punished just like anyone else.

    I've known Sprunt to be honest and a good man. Now let the courts do their job.

  • ripetomatoes Apr 25, 2013

    I know this man personally. He is my uncle; my dad's only brother. He is a wonderful Christian man who would do anything for anybody. I don't know what they have on him, but I can guarantee you that if he did do anything, he wasn't aware that he was doing anything wrong. I love and support him with all that I am, and so does our entire family. shannonleigh32

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    I think that you guys that are speaking negatively of this man...need to check yourselves and learn the whole truth. I would be willing to bet you've got skeletons in your closet that you never want anyone to see. How about cleaninig your own backyard before jumping into someone else's. He is a good man. Leave him alone. shannonleigh32

    Your loyalty to your family is admirable.

    However, the reality is the DA would not have authorized the arrest if he didn't have enough evidence to convict.

  • itsnotmeiswear Apr 25, 2013

    It’s not the value of the gifts that are the problem. It’s the value of the decisions that were made because of those gifts clouding their judgment that become the problem. Most of my customers won’t even accept a coffee cup for fear of being accused of bias during a decision process. If you ask them twice, they will show you the door. Good people have been finding ways to justify bad behavior since the incident in the garden with the apple.

  • carolinarox Apr 25, 2013

    I think that you guys that are speaking negatively of this man...need to check yourselves and learn the whole truth. I would be willing to bet you've got skeletons in your closet that you never want anyone to see. How about cleaninig your own backyard before jumping into someone else's. He is a good man. Leave him alone. shannonleigh32

    It seems we've hit a nerve. Yes, most of us do have skeletons in our closets, but they generally are not illegal.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 25, 2013

    The penalty should be loss of ALL BENEFITS. Then he must return every dollar he has been paid back to the taxpayer. The only way to tamp down on the corruption of Government and its workers is absolutely sever penalties. the same of course should apply to the private sector.

  • jaydosse Apr 25, 2013

    he retired in March 2010, according to school spokesman Ken Derksen.

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    If the charges are accurate and he is convicted, will he have to forfeit his pension privileges since the apparent crimes took place prior to his retirement??

  • D4unc Apr 25, 2013

    These type of jobs needs a better check and balance system. We need to stop trusting people to do the right thing and put in place a system that makes them accountable.

  • UNCfuturealumi Apr 25, 2013

    If his governor can do this and get by, why can't he?

  • scubadug Apr 25, 2013

    Some of the other men in this case have already been to court and are now in Fed prison doing about six years. His time has come and others to follow.

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