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The former Dorset Village Library president, who was charged with embezzlement over allegations she withdrew $6,000 from the library’s account, has now been charged with trespass.

Dorothea Kelly, 62, of Dorset, was removed from the board of trustees, of which she was president, in October and subsequently charged with embezzlement.

She was arraigned on the charge and released on a series of conditions.

Monday, she is scheduled to be arraigned on a charge of trespass after she is alleged to have entered the library after hours.

Sgt. Chris Miller of the Bennington County Sheriff’s Department said Kelly entered the library after hours but while a private function was underway.

Miller said Kelly entered an office unattended.

Miller said he called Kelly and she met him at the Dorset Sheriff’s station where he issued her a citation and released her on the charge.

Kelly pleaded not guilty at her arraignment on the charge Monday in front of Judge John Valente and she was released without bail.

Kelly was the president of the board of trustees for the library before library Director Erica Shott found $6,000 missing from the library’s operating account during a regular check of the library’s finances.

She contacted contact treasurer Jaymie Levine who was also surprised at the withdrawal.

A quick investigation by Shott and Levine found the withdrawal with Kelly’s name on the withdrawal slip.

Police were notified and Miller was able to obtain bank records and video proof. With direction from Bennington State’s Attorney Erica Marthage, Miller issued the charge.

Long before that occurred, the library’s board held a series of emergency meetings to discuss the allegations and eventual charges, quickly choosing to remove Kelly from all financial access and removed her from the board entirely.

The online news site VtDigger reported Kelly had her certified public account’s license revoked in 2014 for “unprofessional conduct,” after the Office of Professional Regulation said Kelly “failed to satisfactorily participate in a peer review as required for renewal of a public accountant’s license and firm registration,” and “unlawfully offered her services as a CPA when she was no longer licensed and her firm wasn’t registered.”

Kelly faces a prison term of up to 10 years, a fine of up to $10,000, or both if found guilty of the embezzlement charge. She faces up to three months and/or a $500 fine if convicted on the trespass charge.

Kelly is scheduled for another court appearance in her embezzlement case Dec. 13. In that case she is being represented by Katherine Lamson.

Reporter Michael Albans contributed to this story.

Contact Darren Marcy at dmarcy@manchesterjournal.com or by cell at 802-681-6534.


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