Live Oak Jr. High School
Live Oak Jr. High School

Live Oak Jr. High’s cheer coach and team sponsor arrested for theft

LIVINGSTON — The cheer coach at Live Oak Jr. High in Livingston Parish is behind bars along with the former cheer team sponsor.

The Livingston Parish Sheriff’s Office received complaints in regards to a potential theft from the Live Oak Junior High School cheer program in 2023.

Those same complaints were made to the Livingston Parish School System officials.

“The complaints centered around the collection of funds from parents & the usage of those funds. A Legislative Auditor was called in. The Auditor’s report, released in 2024, revealed the misappropriation of funds through the cheer program,” said Livingston Parish Sheriff Jason Ard.

The subsequent investigation by LPSO found that two individuals allegedly conspired together to sell t-shirts purchased with school funds. They have been identified as the Cheer Coach Jessica Angelo and former cheer team sponsor Kristen Goodwin.

LPSO says the sales from all the t-shirt sales were not turned over to Live Oak Jr. High School’s cheer program. The total amount collected was roughly $3,000.

Plus, LPSO says a “single reimbursement invoice was identified as fraudulent, which also resulted in funds being stolen from the Live Oak Junior High Cheer Fund.”

Angelo & Goodwin are both charged with felony theft and criminal conspiracy.

A booking photo was not provided due to Act No. 494, which places restrictions on mugshots released to the media for most offenses with exceptions for certain violent crimes.

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