A plea deal has been reached for a former Brown County Sheriff’s D.A.R.E. officer accused of stealing money from the program.

In court Friday, Kevin Vanden Heuvel pled guilty to one count of theft of more than $10,000 by employee as party to a crime and a count of misconduct in office. Two other charges were dismissed, but the judge may consider them at sentencing.

According to the criminal complaint, Vanden Heuvel and Early Fuller would park cars, give fake passes and pocket some of the cash. It appears they’ve been running this scam of the D.A.R.E. program for 7 years.

Sentencing is scheduled for June 17. Vanden Heuvel could get 13-and-a-half years in prison, but prosecutors have agreed to recommend a sentence of 2 years in prison and 4 years extended supervision.

Fuller returns to court April 19 for a final conference.


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