LeRoy — The former director of the LeRoy Replex pleaded guilty Monday to stealing money from the park district facility and agreed to pay almost $79,000 in restitution.

Joe Rodts could receive a prison term ranging from three to seven years or probation when he is sentenced April 6 by Judge Casey Costigan on the felony charge.

According to a statement read in court by Assistant State's Attorney Brad Rigdon, a LeRoy Park District audit showed more than $60,000 was missing between 2014 and 2016.

Defense lawyer Steve Skelton told the judge that the full amount of restitution — $78,863 — would be paid by the end of Monday. 

Tom Pliura, attorney for the Replex, said Monday the plea agreement "brings some level of closure to the issue." The resolution comes with a sizable check to the park district, Pliura noted.

According to court records, Rodts initially told park district officials that the transactions flagged by the bank as unusual were fraudulent and he would reimburse the facility. The defendant later admitted the money was used to satisfy an online gambling addiction.

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