Aimee Evans, 47, was placed on administrative leave with pay on June 3 — students last day of classes was June 2 — after an investigation completed by Central City police led prosecutors to file the felony charge against her.
According to court documents, Evans is accused of stealing prescription medication on multiple occasions from the purse of another staff member.
Initially the co-worker thought she had left her container of prescription Vicodin at home, but became suspicious when she couldn’t find the container at home and then a second container of pills disappeared. She notified Superintendent Tim Branon and an additional surveillance camera was then installed in the school, to try and discover who had taken the prescription narcotics from the woman’s purse.
When surveillance allegedly showed Evans taking the pills on multiple occasions in the spring, police were notified and the investigation ensued to ensure no one else was involved.
Evans is the wife of Larry Evans, the recently retired Centralia police chief. She was formally charged August 1, with Class 4 felony theft under $500 at a school or house of worship. She has hired Centralia attorney Brian Wernsman to represent her, has pleaded not guilty and has demanded a jury trial.
She is next scheduled to appear in court August 13, with the state filing a request for an arrest card.