The former president of Cromwell Youth Football has been charged with larceny after allegedly embezzling more than $7,000 from the league over a period of two years, according to Cromwell police.
Peter Stergos, 45, of Main Street in Cromwell, was arrested today and charged with third-degree larceny. He’s accused of stealing $7,467.01 from the league’s player registration account between May 2012 and July of this year.
Board members reported the alleged embezzlement to police the morning of Aug. 1. Stergos later admitted to using league money to pay his bills and make personal purchases, according to police.
He was held on bond and turned over to court marshals for arraignment, according to police.
"The matter is extremely disappointing, however the program will learn from the issue and take steps to insure [sic] an incident like this never happens again," said Cromwell Youth Football and Cheerleading in a statement Friday. "Cromwell Youth Football and Cheerleading will continue to focus on the development of Cromwell youth and not let the matter interfere with the upcoming season."
Parents watching their kids practice at Pierson Park on Friday said they were taken aback by the allegations.
"He's a good guy, so that's why it's very surprising, very shocking," said Diedra Mention, who has three sons in the program and learned of Stergos' arrest just before practice got underway.
"One side of us is puzzled, confused," she explained. "The other side is very angry, but we're definitely going to look for answers."
Stergos could not be reached for comment Friday.