OCEAN CITY — A new court date for a former Ocean City High School administrator accused of accessing the district superintendent's email has been set after it was postponed last week due to inclement weather.
Christine Lentz is due back in court 8:45 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 for a status conference in Courtroom C, according to the county Superior Court's Criminal Case Management Office.
Lentz, a former vice principal and athletic director at Ocean City High School, is accused of reading Superintendent Kathleen Taylor’s email without authorization in 2015 to gain an advantage in contract negotiations that were ongoing at the time.
A trial has not yet been set. When she appeared in Cape May County Superior Court in January, her attorney, Brian Pelloni, and Assistant Prosecutor Meg Hoerner asked Judge John Porto for more time to review information.
Hoerner said last month that Pelloni, of Hornstine Law in Philadelphia, subpoenaed records from Microsoft in the fall, and gave the information to the Prosecutor’s Office. Hoerner said then that her office needed more time to review the documents.
Several status hearings have been held since Lentz’s indictment.
Lentz resigned from the district as vice principal and athletic director in July 2015. A month later, county prosecutor Robert Taylor announced that Lentz had been charged with second-degree official misconduct and third-degree computer criminal activity after a monthlong investigation by the prosecutor’s High Tech Crime Unit.
She was indicted on those charges, as well as a third-degree theft charge added as part of a February 2016 indictment.
In September 2015, Lentz filed a tort claims notice, alleging that Lentz faced discrimination and wrongful termination, and states that school superintendent Kathleen Taylor objected to Lentz’ sexual orientation.
She was alleged to have accessed Taylor’s Ocean City School District email account between April 1 and June 1 of last year, according to the prosecutor.
Official misconduct can mean a prison term of five to 10 years, and the computer criminal mischief and theft charges carry possible terms of three to five years each, according to Taylor’s press release announcing the indictment in February.
Lentz served as the school’s girls basketball coach from 1985 to 2001, winning 217 games. She also served on the Upper Township Board of Education.