McDonald woman gets probation for theft from parent group

WARREN — The former treasurer of McDonald Local School District’s Parent Educator Group was sentenced Thursday to five years probation after pleading guilty in January to one count of theft and two counts of forgery.

Stephanie A. Hilbun, 41, Nebraska Avenue, McDonald, paid $8,000 in restitution to the group as part of the plea deal. Trumbull County Common Pleas Court Judge Ronald J. Rice ordered Hilbun to serve 200 hours of community service and to write an apology letter.

She was indicted by a Trumbull County grand jury on charges of theft in office, grand theft and four counts of forgery. If Hilbun had been convicted of theft in office — a third-degree felony because of the amount of money she took — the judge could have imposed a one-to-five-year sentence and a $10,000 fine.

Hilbun worked as a teacher’s aide, which is one of three paraprofessional positions, at the elementary school during the district’s 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years, according to McDonald Local School District records. Paraprofessional contracts are for one year and are renewed annually.

She also worked as a substitute secretary in the school district from April 15, 2015 through August 2015.

Superintendent Kevin O’Connell said she no longer works for the district.