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The former treasurer of the Chichester Baseball League, John Rapp, is accused of taking just under $13,000 from the league. NBC10's Monique Braxton tried to talk to Rapp about the allegations.
A former police officer is accused of stealing thousands from a Delaware County little league in which his kids play.
John Rapp, a former Aston Township and Bethel Township police officer, allegedly used his position as treasurer of the Chichester Baseball League to steal about $12,500 from 2009 to 2011 in debit card and cash transactions, according to an affidavit of probable cause obtained by NBC10.
Rapp, 43, turned himself in this afternoon to face charges including theft and receiving stolen property when he turns himself in, according to court records.
According to the affidavit, the Garnet Valley father of three allegedly used a league debit card 25 times -- at ATMs at local Wawas, banks, a casino and even the Renaissance Fair -- taking out a total of $5,387.73, He also allegedly wrote checks to cash with money intended to be sued for umpire fees and pocketed about another $7,000 that way.
Rapp didn't have any comment to NBC10's Monique Braxton outside court as he surrendered to authorities but his attorney did speak to the fact that Rapp repaid the entire amount of the alleged ATM transactions in April.
"You know if you're in charge of money and it turns out that things aren't adding up I think you're obligated to repay that money no matter what happened," said Rapp's attorney Russell Carmichael.
According to the affidavit, Rapp admitted to league officials that he repaid the $5,387.73 because he used the money for his own personal use, not league activities.
In court Thursday and off camera, Rapp told Braxton that he has been working in waste water management since he quit his part-time position as a Bethel police officer. Before that he served as a Aston Police officer for 19 years before he "just quit."
Rapp quit his job as a Bethel Township police officer because of the investigation, authorities told NBC10's Nefertiti Jaquez.
Rapp remained free Thursday on $50,000 bond.