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SFSU Cheerleading Coach Charged With Stealing $20K

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — San Francisco State University’s cheerleading coach has pleaded not guilty to charges that she stole almost $20,000 from the college’s cheerleading club.

Prosecutors announced Wednesday that 23-year-old Ashlee Nicole Haley is charged with 12 felony counts of grand theft, 16 counts of obtaining money by false pretenses and one felony count of embezzlement.

As coach, Haley handled team finances for the more than 20 cheerleaders on the squad.

Authorities say Haley collected money from the cheerleaders for uniforms, training camps and other costs.

Instead, prosecutors say she bought airline tickets, rent, clothes and other personal items.

Several cheerleaders reported the allegations to campus police.

Haley was released from jail on her recognizance Monday.

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