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Darien Schools Facilities Director Resigns

DARIEN, Conn. – Hans Otto has stepped down as facilities operations manager of the Darien Public Schools nearly two months after he was charged with stealing from New Canaan schools.

Darien Schools Superintendent Stephen Falcone confirmed that Otto, 52, resigned on Tuesday. He declined to discuss the contents of Otto’s resignation letter. Otto had been on paid administrative leave since Darien received word of his arrest in New Canaan.

Otto, of 27 Crows Nest Lane, Danbury, turned himself in to New Canaan Police on June 28 on an arrest warrant charging him a third-degree larceny charge. He was accused of taking several pieces of New Canaan schools equipment, including a wooden table, two folding chairs, a hand truck, an air compressor, a portable generator, a laser level with a tripod and a power washer. The items had approximate value of $6,800. Most of the items have been recovered, according to New Canaan Police and school officials.

Otto had been school facilities operation manager in New Canaan for 12 years before he left in April to take a similar position in Darien. He is scheduled to appear in Norwalk Superior Court on Sept. 14.

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