Waukee school administrator faces felony charges

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Embattled Waukee Community School District Chief Operating Officer Eric Rose, 50, was arrested early Saturday and charged with two counts of soliciting a felony and one count of felonious misconduct in office.

WAUKEE, Iowa — Embattled Waukee Community School District Chief Operating Officer Eric Rose, 50, was arrested early Saturday after turning himself in at the Dallas County Jail in Adel.

Rose was charged with two counts of soliciting a felony and one count of felonious misconduct in office, according to a statement released Saturday by the Waukee Police Department.

Rose surrendered in the company of his attorney and was released from custody after posting a $15,000 bond.

The school administrator has been under a cloud since a 2016 Waukee school district internal investigation determined he fabricated employee time cards, used school property at his home and solicited donations for his son’s hockey team from district vendors.

A Waukee Police Department investigation found “probable cause to support an arrest” of Rose, but the Dallas County Attorney’s office declined to file charges until the release last week of a report by the auditor of state.

Rose, a 13-year employee of the Waukee Community School District, is paid an annual salary of $140,000.

If convicted of the three class D felonies, he faces up to five years in prison and a fine of $750 to $7,500 for each count.

*A criminal charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

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