Ex-Trustee Greg Sandoval on Paid Leave After Guilty Plea

Sandoval, who earns $151,811 a year, is still drawing a paycheck despite guilty plea

By Wendy Fry and R. Stickney
|  Thursday, Apr 10, 2014  |  Updated 2:00 PM PDT
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Ex-Trustee Greg Sandoval on Paid Leave After Guilty Plea

A former Sweetwater Unified School District trustee, who pleaded guilty in the corruption scandal involving more than a dozen educators and school officials, is still drawing a paycheck from a college in Riverside County.

Greg Sandoval, 60, pleaded guilty last Friday to misdemeanor and felony corruption charges.

After the guilty plea, Sandoval was placed on paid administrative leave by his current employer at Moreno Valley College.

Riverside Community College District spokesperson Robert Schmidt confirmed to NBC 7 that Sandoval makes an annual base pay salary of $151,811.

The Riverside Press Enterprise reports Sandoval may not lose his job because of a clause in the district's policy involving actions that occur before an employee's hiring date.

The paper reports Sandoval was hired at the college district in 2010 but charged with the crimes in 2012.

Sandoval served on the Sweetwater school board for 16 years.

According to court records Sandoval allegedly asked a business development executive working for a Sweetwater district contractor to pay $500 to enter Sandoval's daughter in a Miss South County pageant.

The prosecutor's affidavit used to obtain a search warrant at Sandoval's home states Sandoval “had his hand out asking for gifts or donations so often, even employees from SGI remarked that he ‘has no shame.’”

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