November 27, 2014

Pinconning school board member found guilty of one count of sexual misconduct

By James Kuch
News Editor | news@arenacindependent.com
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Updated May 24, 8:09 a.m.

PINCONNING — Pinconning Area Schools Board of Education Secretary Keith Bock was convicted of sexual assault and faces two years in prison.

According to the Bay County Circuit Court, Bock, 51, of Pinconning, was found guilty of one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and could face two years in prison and a $500 fine. Bock was found not guilty on two other counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual misconduct.

All counts are high-court misdemeanors.

The guilty verdict was given by a jury in 18th Circuit Court in Bay County on Monday, May 23.

Bock will be sentenced on August 8.

Records show that the allegations come from an adult woman related to Bock. The charge is a high-court misdemeanor, and is punishable by up to two years in prison and a $500 fine. Bock is free on a $5,000 bond.

Pinconning Area Schools Superintendent Darren Kroczaleski said in March, that as an elected official, Bock would have to resign or recalled by the public to be removed from the board.

The school board met on Monday, May 23 where Kroczaleski said a candidate came forward to step in to the board secretary position but no decision was made. He added that he expects Bock to resign.

“I anticipate he (Bock) will resign but I have no way of contacting him at this time,” Kroczaleski said.

According to Kroczaleski, Bock continued maintain his innocence and serve on the school board, while attending meetings through May 9.

Kroczaleski said he has known Bock for around a decade, adding that he was “surprised” when he first heard about the allegations against Bock.

“This is defiantly a unique situation,” he said.

Kroczaleski said Bock has been a member of the school board for the past six years. Bock became the board secretary at the beginning of the 2010-11 school year.

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