A preliminary hearing is scheduled in November for a former Pawhuska High School football coach charged with embezzlement, Osage County District Court officials said late last week.
Scotty Ray Gilkey, 38, appeared before Special Judge Stuart Tate on Friday, Aug. 30, in connection with one felony charge of embezzlement, as well as two misdemeanor charges — one alleging multiple counts of embezzlement and the other for an unrelated assault-and-battery charge.
The felony complaint, filed three months ago, accuses Gilkey of “fraudulently appropriating” school funds amounting to approximately $2,500 between June and November of 2012 while he was head coach of the Huskies.
Funds involved in the felony case reportedly were proceeds from a fireworks stand that was operated for the benefit of the Pawhuska football program.
Tate slated a preliminary hearing on the charge for 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 19.
The same court date was set for Gilkey and his wife, Jennifer, to appear in the seven-count misdemeanor case. Funds totaling $295 (which allegedly were received from six different persons) are listed in the misdemeanor charge.
Gilkey had been hired as PHS’s head football coach in late May 2012. He was suspended from his duties with the school district in early November, 2012 — as the Huskies were preparing for a first-round game in the state playoffs.
The Gilkeys are being represented by attorney Aletia Timmons of Oklahoma City.