PEKIN — A former East Peoria football coach who is accused of spending money that was supposed to go to the high school will have to wait to hear his verdict once it is mailed out next week, officials said Friday.
Doug Martin, 38, formerly of Pekin, who coached and taught math at East Peoria Community High School from 2007 until 2013, is on trial for four counts of felony theft. Closing arguments were Friday.
The bench trial, which started Monday, only was supposed to take three days, but Tazewell County Court Administrator Courtney Eeten said the verdict is not expected to come in until after next week when Tazewell County Circuit Judge Paul Gilfillan reviews the number of documents in the case.
“There will be no court date to announce the decision, it will just be mailed out to the attorneys,” she said.
If Martin is found guilty, a sentencing hearing will be scheduled.
Martin is accused of depositing thousands of dollars from school-approved fundraising events and direct payments and donations from parents and businesses into a private bank account he held under its title “EP Football Fund” during his tenure at the high school.