SMITHVILLE, Texas (KXAN) — A teacher with the Smithville Independent School District admitted to stealing money from the Smithville Middle School’s cheerleading fund, police say. 

The Smithville Police Department says it started looking into the theft allegation last week. The investigation revealed Alicia Turnley, a teacher at the school, had access to the funds and detectives determined she had taken at least $2,500. 

When Turnley was questioned, she admitted to taking the money, Smithville police say. Smithville PD is working with the district to conduct an audit of the financial records to determine a more accurate amount of money that was unaccounted for.

Turnley was arrested and charged with theft and booked into the Bastrop County Jail.

According to the district’s website, Turnley is now considered a former employee. It is not clear when she stopped working at the district.