Former BCSD communications director avoids possible jail time

Published: Feb. 8, 2016 at 4:54 PM EST|Updated: Feb. 8, 2016 at 7:47 PM EST
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BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - The former communications director for the Berkeley County School District avoided possible jail time Monday after apologizing in court for suing the school district.

Amy Kovach is serving two years probation for promoting the district's Yes 4 Schools campaign while she was on the clock.

Kovach sued the school district just eleven days after pleading guilty to misconduct in office and using public funds to influence an election.

Kovach accused the district of failing to protect her.

On Monday morning a judge was supposed to consider holding Kovach in contempt for filing the lawsuit after admitting her guilt.

Attorneys for the State Attorney General's Office said the lawsuit was a contradiction of Kovach's confession and may be a violation of her probation.

Kovach, accompanied by her new attorney Andy Savage told the judge she filed the lawsuit based on advice from her former lawyer.

She apologized to Judge Jeffrey Young and said there were inconsistencies in the lawsuit.

"You are guilty of these charges, is that correct?" Young asked Kovach.

"Yes sir," she replied.

Former Berkeley County Republican Party Chairman Josh Whitley was one of the people who asked the attorney general's office to investigate Kovach.

"I think the system is vindicated. She had to admit in her own words that she lied. She's been lying all along and she lied when she filed her lawsuit," Whitley said.

As part of her apology, Kovach agreed to drop her lawsuit against Whitley, the school district and some other individuals.

She also promised to not file any other lawsuits in connection with her case.

Whitley said he plans to ask a judge to force Kovach to pay his attorneys fees.

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