TROY - A former Canton woman who enrolled her son in the cyber charter school program through the Canton Area School District returned the computer used for the program in a damaged and non-functional state April 1, according to court papers filed with the office of Magisterial District Judge Jonathan Wilcox of Troy.

The computer had keys missing from the keyboard and it appeared to have been dragged through the mud, the papers note.

Tara Jean Fontaine, 33, of Pequea, Pa. faces a preliminary hearing before Wilcox May 21 on charges of theft by unlawful taking or disposition and criminal mischief.

According to an affidavit, school district business manager Mark Jannone contacted state police at Towanda to report that Fontaine had failed to return a Dell laptop and other computer accessories, after leaving the school district.

Jannone said that Fontaine used to live on Lycoming Street in Canton and enrolled her son in the cyber school program through the school district.

As part of the cyber school program, Fontaine received the laptop computer, an HP printer power cord, USB cord, a Linksys wireless router, a computer mouse and a backpack to carry the equipment.

Pennsylvania State Police Trooper Miranda Musick said Jannone discovered that Fontaine moved out of the school district. He contacted her on Oct. 17, 2013 to return the items. Trooper David Kittle took the initial report, contacted Fontaine and told her to return the equipment. As of March 30, she had failed to return the items, worth a total of approximately $1,757.20.

On April 1, Fontaine returned the computer to Canton Area High School. Musick said the computer was damaged to the point that it was not functional. In addition, Jannone said there were keys missing from the keyboard and it appeared to have been dragged through the mud.

Wilcox said Fontaine was sent a certified summons by mail.

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