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In for a penny, in for a pounding

There's a line in a Bob Dylan song that goes "to live outside the law, you must be honest." I've always thought that was good advice -- if you're a fugitive or breaking the law somehow, you need to be very circumspect in not coming to the law's attention under any circumstances. Keep a low profile. Don't speed. Don't get into fights. Don't apply for a gun permit.

And for god's sake, don't commit any penny-ante crimes.

That was advice David Graves of Lowell should have taken to heart.

Mr. Graves is a convicted sex offender. When he was 15, he was convicted of "indecent assault and battery on a child over 14." His record was sealed, as he himself was a juvenile, but one of the terms of his release was that he register as a sex offender.

That's why when he applied to be a janitor in a school, his criminal record came back clean.

And that's how he had the opportunity to allegedly steal over $1,000.00 in pennies.

The students at his school, as a Holocaust Remembrance project, were trying to collect 1.5 million pennies, one penny for each person killed in the Holocaust. They were well on their way to their goal when a teacher noticed that the pennies were disappearing out of locked closets. A brief investigation led to Mr. Graves, and further investigation led to his failure to register.

So he's out his $12.25/hour job (which is more than I make, for the record) and is looking at jail time while his wife is expecting their first child. Good choice, Dave.

(The Boston Herald's account focuses on the sex-offender aspect, while the Globe, predictably, goes more towards the school-project details. The sex offender part doesn't come up until the second page, overlooking that he was convicted of sexually assaulting a high school-age victim and is now working in a high school.)

Comments (3)

They are collecting 1.5 mil... (Below threshold)

They are collecting 1.5 million pennies "one for each person killed in the Holocaust"??

I seem to recall the numbers of people murdered by the Nazis as being on the order of 11 million, 5-6 million of those being Jews.

Substitute "child" for "per... (Below threshold)
Malibu Stacy:

Substitute "child" for "person" and the sentence will be correct.

Good catch Avner.U... (Below threshold)

Good catch Avner.

Unfortunatly, 1.5 million murdered does not make a Holocaust. Thank Stalin, Mao, Saddam, and on and on, for that.

Of course, according to the GIANTS of a certain political party, we're doing our part with that whole Gito/Gulag thing.

I wonder how many people (inclined to steal, or not) would risk their job to take pennies representing Gito deaths? At the hands of Americans? Would there even be any pennies?

OK, back on topic now...
This guy has an automatic "switch" built into him. Not a real switch built/installed by Rove. Something that clicks even (or on account of)
when things are going good.
An organic self destruct device.







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