A Halifax County Circuit Court grand jury issued a true bill indictment for Joseph Gasperini of South Boston on Jan. 7 on a felony charge of providing a false statement on a required form upon evidence from Virginia State Police.
As of Monday afternoon, Corinne Geller, public relations director of Virginia State Police, said they had not been able to make contact with Gasperini to serve the indictment.
State police would not provide any other comment on the matter and directed The Gazette to Appomattox County Commonwealth’s Attorney Mr. Fleet, who has been appointed to the case.
“Because the case involves an elected official, state police is not in a position to comment on the investigation itself,” Geller added.
When contacting Fleet, his administrative staff said he did not have any comment on this case at this time because it was an ongoing matter.
The indictment’s offense date dates back to June 4, 2019.
Gasperini served on the Halifax County School Board as chairman at that time and was in the process of being certified to seek re-election to the board, as confirmed by voter registrar Heather Harding.
That was until he stepped down from his position on the school board in August 2019 saying, “I had higher hopes for the county than it had for itself. The dream of a new high school could have changed the direction of this county. Instead, we have a group of individuals who want to make a vague proclamation as to what the county needs when it has been obvious all along. I wish only the best for the students and staff of the Halifax County School System.”
When Gasperini was seeking re-election, Harding said her office had received an anonymous complaint regarding Gasperini and that all of his paperwork regarding his re-election was turned over to Virginia State Police.
She also said she had no further comment and deferred The Gazette to Special Agent Robert Brooke. Attempts to reach Brooke for comment were unsuccessful.
Gasperini’s indictment says he was indicted upon evidence of Special Agent Brooke.
When contacted directly, Gasperini said he was unaware of the accusations and did not have a comment at this time.