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NJ student admits theft of historic documents

January 6, 2011

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NEWARK, N.J.—A former Drew University college freshman has pleaded guilty to taking valuable historic documents from the United Methodist Archives Center at the university.

William J. Scott of Longmeadow, Mass., pleaded guilty on Tuesday in U.S. District Court to stealing a number of items while working as a paid student assistant at the archives center. Its collection includes letters from denomination's founders and United States presidents.

Prosecutors say Scott removed more than 30 letters and sent some to a United Kingdom-based dealer in historical documents. He alerted the archives center.

A university spokesman says nearly all the items have been recovered and Drew has since tightened security procedures at the center.

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