Former Hebron superintendent pleads guilty to larceny

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ROCKVILLE — A former Hebron school superintendent accused of stealing about $15,000 from the town has pleaded guilty.

Sixty-four-year-old Eleanor Cruz, of Essex, pleaded guilty Thursday to a felony charge of larceny in Superior Court in Rockville.

Cruz was accused of using a school system credit card at high-end restaurants and online retailers, as well as to buy groceries, gasoline and gardening supplies. She left Hebron in December 2012 to become superintendent in Plymouth. Last September, the district settled her contract for approximately $70,000.

Tolland County State’s Attorney Matthew Gedansky says he’s seeking a three-year sentence suspended after one year.

Cruz’s lawyer says he’s confident she would have been exonerated, but that the financial cost and possible imprisonment of up to 20 years were too risky.

Cruz is scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 3.