A former McDowell High School assistant principal charged last October with taking money from the school has been sentenced in McDowell County District Court.

Nicholas Christopher Shosho, 41, of Cedar Brook Lane in Nebo was found guilty of larceny by employee. He was given a 5- to 15-month suspended sentence. He must serve 24 months of supervised probation. He must perform 24 hours of community service. He must pay $136.50 restitution to the victim. He must pay court costs.

On Oct. 30, 2017, the McDowell County Sheriff’s Office announced Shosho had been charged with two felony counts of larceny for allegedly taking money from McDowell High School on two different occasions. He was released from custody on a written promise to appear in court and was suspended from the school without pay.

Shosho was hired as assistant principal for the 2017-2018 school and was stationed in the Freshman Academy. His employment has since been terminated.

The sheriff’s office said the allegations came to light on Friday, Oct. 20 that money had gone missing from MHS. The missing funds, totaling $564, had been collected from students for a field trip and school dance. The bookkeeper was expecting the funds and never received them, sparking the investigation, deputies said.

As the investigation continued, The McDowell News began to field calls and emails from parents in Wake County who asked to remain anonymous. The parents were abuzz after the news of Shosho’s arrest in McDowell, saying this is just one of several incidents involving money in the past.

Among those listed included the misuse of funds during Shosho’s tenure at Cardinal Charter Academy in Cary, in which he served as principal prior to his arrival at McDowell High. He resigned from Cardinal Charter Academy in June.

Shosho currently faces a simple worthless check charge in Wake County.

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