Richmond Heights Superintendent, Building Director Arrested

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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Ohio -- The Cuyahoga County Prosecutor's Office has confirmed that Richmond Heights Supt. Robert Moore II, 52, of Mentor, was arrested Friday on charges of bribery and theft in office.

The district's building and grounds director, Richard Muse, 43, of Cleveland Heights, was also arrested on the same charges.

"I am just outraged by this,” former student Ishmell Owens said. "It's already a failing school system and to take money from the kids doesn't make any sense to me."

The prosecutor's office said indictments against Moore and Muse could be returned as early as next week.

Their arrest warrants were based on taped evidence that the two "shook down a business" that contracted with the school district for $3,700 in the past month.

Search warrants were executed Friday evening at the school board offices in Richmond Heights along with at Moore's home.

Former Cleveland Schools Administrator John Noah has worked with Moore and is in disbelief over his arrest.

“Dr. Moore -- knowing what type of educator he was with my experience with him—it’s shocking.  It's hard to imagine he would do something like that,” Noah said.

Richmond Heights School Board President Bobby Jordan Sr. gave the following statement Saturday afternoon regarding the situation:

"The Richmond Heights School Board does not have a comment at this time. We are cooperating with the proper authorities on this investigation."

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