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RICHMOND HEIGHTS, OH (WOIO) -

Two high-ranking school officials in Richmond Heights were indicted on bribery and other charges Monday. 

Robert Moore was named superintendent of Richmond Heights Schools in 2012.  Before that he spent 21 years in the Cleveland Schools.  He also serves as a pastor at the Church Cathedral Worship Center in Euclid.  

His personnel file reveals only minor issues, and in court records we couldn't even find a traffic ticket. 

So the shock over the bribery allegation is understandable.

Dr. Moore replaced Linda Hardwick as superintendent when she was put on administrative leave.

Former Treasurer Brenda Break was relieved of her duties in October. 

Now Moore and his Building and Grounds Superintendent Robert Muse are on leave. 

Moore was arrested along with Muse, Friday night. Judge Gall set bond for Moore at $10,000 and Muse at $5,000.

Both officials have been indicted for demanding money from a company that did business with the district.

The State of Ohio charges that Moore, 52, and Muse, 43, threatened to terminate the victim's business arrangement with the district unless they received cash payments. The victim made two payments during the month of February. The second installment was paid Friday.

When search warrants were executed Friday evening, $3,400 in cash was recovered.

Superintendent Robert Mengerink from the Educational Services Center was brought in to steady the ship.

"My job is to manage and provide some leadership and keep things going as well as we possibly can," said Mengerink.

As far as his Cleveland tenure, Moore was a teacher, principal and assistant superintendent. 

His personnel file reveals a letter of reprimand and a warning about his not working enough days during a particular year. 

He resigned in 2008 saying he wanted to evaluate his current goals and investigate new opportunities. 

That opportunity was in Richmond Heights where he started as the elementary school principal in 2010, rising to superintendent.

The taxpayer watchdog group Buckeye Institute.org says Cleveland is still paying Dr. Moore over $87,000 for each year 2009, 10, and 11.  The district says it has no record of that.  We'll keep digging. 

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