Centreville High football coach Daniel E. Foglio has been charged with stealing less than $100 worth of clothes from the JCPenney department store at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax.
Foglio, of the 5500 block of Buggy Whip Drive in Centreville, was arrested June 22 after security guards at the store saw him put men's and women's clothing into a shopping bag and leave the store without paying for the items, said Gretchen Lacharite, a county police spokeswoman.
Lacharite said Foglio, 47, was charged with concealing merchandise, a misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a $2,500 fine. He was served a summons and released and is scheduled to face the charges on July 15 before the Fairfax County General District Court.
Paul Regnier, coordinator of community relations for the Fairfax County school system, said the district has not taken any action against Foglio and does not expect to do so until after Foglio's court date. However, if Foglio is convicted, the district will review possible actions against him, Regnier said. Centreville High Principal Pamela Latt did not return phone calls yesterday.
Reached at his home yesterday, Foglio said the entire incident, which was first reported in the Journal newspapers, was a misunderstanding. "I was shopping with my wife, and she thought I had paid for the clothes and I thought she had paid," Foglio said. "When they stopped me for shoplifting, I was shocked about it. I probably should have handled it a little different. To me, it was a dumb mistake while we were shopping."
Foglio, who teaches physical education at Centreville, said he and his wife have receipts for other clothes purchased from the store.
Foglio has compiled a 45-13 record as Centreville's football coach, including an 11-2 mark last season when the Wildcats won the Virginia AAA Division 6 Northern Region title. Foglio was also a successful wrestling coach, compiling a 204-22-1 record in 10 seasons at Marshall and six at Centreville. He stopped coaching wrestling in 1995 to concentrate on football.