Former Liberty Superintendent Joseph Nohra appeared in a Trumbull County courtroom on Wednesday for the first time to answer to the charges against him.
Nohra pleaded not guilty to the 11-count indictment charging him with interception of wire, oral, or electronic communications and interfering with civil rights.
His bond was set at $1,500.
Nohra is accused of installing a recording device in a carbon monoxide detector above the desk of another district employee that recorded private conversations of various employees of the school district and then using or attempting to use the contents of those recordings.
The alleged crimes happened back in April and May of 2018.
Nohra’s attorney David Betras told First News Tuesday that Nohra was conducting an investigation into an employee Nohra believed was stealing from the district.
Betras also said Nohra had approval from members of the school board.
First News has submitted public records requests to the district in an effort Nohra’s personell file and any email correspondence between Nohra and the school board.
He’s due back in court on May 24.