Sentencing delayed for Killingsworth

First Posted: 8/27/2014

ELIZABETHTOWN — A former Robeson County educator who pleaded guilty earlier this month to misusing the Bladen County school system’s money will not be sentenced until October.

Gregory Killingsworth, a former assistant superintendent for the Public Schools of Robeson County, was expected to be sentenced on Monday, but it was postponed until Oct. 7. Killingworth pleaded guilty in Bladen County Superior Court to the felony of obtaining property by false pretenses on Aug. 6.

Killingsworth served as principal at Lumberton Senior High School for eight years and worked for the Public Schools of Robeson County as the assistant superintendent of Human Resources from 2007 until 2009, when he left to become superintendent of Bladen County schools.

Robeson County Superintendent Johnny Hunt has said allegations of financial misuse do not extend back to Killingsworth’s time with the Robeson County school system.

Killingsworth is accused of receiving supplemental pay without board authorization, misrepresenting a non-family member on his insurance plan and of misusing a school board credit card at establishments such as Cozy Corner in Elizabethtown.

An investigation into Killingsworth began in February 2011 at request of the Bladen County school board. He was indicted by a Bladen County grand jury that year for having $6,272 added to his electronic payroll without approval from the Board of Education.

At the time of offense, the board did not have a credit-card use policy in place, according to a March 2011 email from Valerie Newton, Public Relations director for Bladen County Schools. The board adopted a credit-card use policy in February 2012.