Wednesday, January 05, 2011

Student Pleads Guilty to Theft from Drew Archives

I was just thinking last week how odd it was that we'd heard nothing about the William John Scott case, in which (now-former) Drew University freshman and part-time archives employee was accused of stealing more than 30 letters from the university archives.

Word tonight that Scott has entered a guilty plea, and that all but one of the stolen items have now been returned to the archives. The only item still missing is half of a 1755 John Wesley letter.

The plea agreement reportedly does not include a recommended sentence. A preliminary sentencing date of 15 April has been set.

More as I get it.

1 comment:

Willow said...

Drew University Archive needs to take some responsibility for this theft. To allow an incoming freshman access to such valuable documents lacked good judgment on their part. I'm glad they have altered their methodologies as a result. Somehow, I have a feeling this kid will get off with a slap on the wrist. But, the whole drama of the incident may have served to teach him a lesson. He was probably more stupid, than evil. But, perhaps I'm being too nice.