CORNING, AR (KAIT) - A football coach has been cited in connection with the theft of a boat in Clay County, officials said Thursday.
Joseph Jefferson Moseley of Corning was cited for theft of a vehicle valued at $1,000 or less after an investigation by Clay County deputies.
Moseley is a teacher and coach with the Corning School District, school officials said Thursday.
According to an incident report, deputies believe the theft happened in the Murphy Lake area on March 30 between 12 and 1 p.m.
The report noted that Deputy Robert White got a call April 2 from Corning Police Chief Jimmy Leach about the theft.
"Leach advised me that a boat that had been stolen on March 30, 2018 at Murphy Lake had been found at 407 S. Missouri Ave. in Corning," White said in the report. "I then went to that address and took statements from the boat owner, Chris Cox, and the homeowner where the boat was recovered, Joe Moseley. I, Deputy White, then returned the boat to Mr. Cox."
In a statement to Region 8 News, Corning School Superintendent Kellee Smith said the district investigated the matter as well.
"Joey Moseley is a teacher and coach in the Corning School District. It was brought to the attention of the administration of the district that Mr. Moseley had been charged with misdemeanor theft. The administration placed him on administrative leave while an investigation was conducted. The investigation revealed no legal connection between the charge and Mr. Moseley's job performance or work," Smith said in the statement. "It also resulted in many patrons and students who supported Mr. Moseley's return to work. The administration contacted the school district's attorney, who advised that there was insufficient evidence to terminate Mr. Moseley or to non-renew his contract. Therefore, Mr. Moseley was brought back to work and instructed that the matter of his charge was not a matter for discussion or interaction at school."