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November 2012 Archives

Ex-teenage Nazi guard facing deportation from U.S.

An 87-year-old Pennsylvania man could be deported out of the country if the Justice Department's decision is upheld on appeal. The man, who has lived in Mercer County for 56 years, was discovered to have been a guard at a pair of Nazi death camps in the 1940s. The government, citing federal law, is seeking to invalidate his U.S. citizenship and send him back to his home country of Croatia. But the man's attorney says that case law has evolved on the question of former child soldiers like his client.

Town employees arrested on embezzlement charges

Readers in Pittsburgh may be interested to hear about the arrest of a married couple in another state on suspicion of embezzling from the town they worked for. The spouses were arrested on Nov. 20 and accused of using thousands of dollars of municipal funds for personal purchases. Each suspect was released on $25,000 bail on the white collar charges.

Can Internet privacy after sex crimes be limited?

In Pennsylvania as in other states, many people convicted of sex crimes are required to register on the state's sex offender list. Once on the list, people's lives are often restricted in several ways. Common restrictions for those on a sex offender list include banishment from schools, libraries, beaches and other public areas.

Owner won't be charged after boy brought gun to school

Pittsburgh readers may be interested to know that the owner of a pistol that an 8-year-old boy stole and brought it to school will not be charged with a weapons crime, authorities in the state where the incident occurred said. Though school officials acknowledge that the gun was unloaded and the boy did not mean any harm, he apparently will be suspended for the rest of the school year.

Despite biased lineup, Pennsylvania man to face charges in Mexico

A Pittsburgh-area man will be extradited to Mexico to face charges of murder and sexual assault after a U.S. federal judge gave the order on Oct. 17. The judge ruled in favor of prosecutors despite the fact that the charges against the man were based in part on a suspect photo lineup.

Pennsylvania priest accused of stealing $385K from church

The former priest of a rural Pennsylvania Catholic church was arrested on Nov. 1 on suspicion of embezzling nearly $385,000 from the church's accounts. Authorities claim the priest confessed to taking the money. The arrest came after police investigated the claims of white collar crime for more than a year.

Nude videos of children were innocent, father says

A college football coach who is facing charges of producing child pornography strongly denies the cell phone videos at the center of the case against him are sexual in nature. At a hearing asking the court to dismiss the charges, the defendant told the judge that the videos depicted his children performing a silly but innocent skit.

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