Christine Lentz

Christine Lentz, at left, appears with her attorney, Brian Pelloni of Philadelphia in Cape May County Superior Court Friday, Sept. 30 for a status conference, which was delayed to Oct. 14.

The first day of trial for former Ocean City High School Assistant Principal and Athletic Director Christine Lentz has been moved to Sept. 25.

Lentz, 54, of Upper Township, was indicted in early 2016 on charges of official misconduct, computer criminal mischief and theft for allegedly hacking into Superintendent Kathleen Taylor’s email to gain an advantage during contract negotiations in 2015.

She resigned as assistant principal and high school athletic director July 1, 2015.

Lentz’s trial was set to begin Monday after months of status conferences in which her attorney, Brian Pelloni of Philadelphia, and Cape May County Assistant Prosecutor Meg Hoerner discussed, among other items, evidence gathered through a subpoena to Microsoft. No reason was given for the postponement. Pelloni did not immediately return a request for comment Monday.

Cape May County Superior Court Judge John Porto will hear the case.

Official misconduct, a second-degree crime, can carry a five- to 10-year prison term. Computer criminal mischief can carry a three- to five-year sentence.


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I began covering South Jersey in 2008 after graduating from Rowan University with a degree in journalism. I joined The Press in 2015. In 2013, I was awarded a NJPA award for feature writing as a reporter for The Current of Hamilton Township.