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Inside Edition Who Is Lurking In Your Public Library

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To be broadcast Wednesday, Feb. 22
New York, NY – Feb 22nd – It’s the last place you think you’d be a victim – the public library. But an INSIDE EDITION investigation found that crimes are being committed across the country in these supposedly safe havens, from petty thefts to violent, sexual assaults. Also disturbing is that library computers are being used by some patrons to watch graphic, adult videos, which is perfectly legal and often even permitted in libraries.
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Lt. Curt Stoldt of the East Harford, CT Police Department tells INSIDE EDITION that criminals count on library patrons to have a false sense of security.

STOLDT: “The bad guys know that they are not going to get much resistance for their crimes. People that go to libraries think that it’s a safe place, a place of learning, reading, not a place where criminals go to commit crimes. You should always keep your guard up.”

INSIDE EDITION’s I-Squad reviewed incident reports from libraries in 10 large cities from the last 2 years and the findings may surprise people. For example,

In Austin, Texas there were 612 incidents of harassment /sexual harassment.
In Milwaukee, Wis. there were 351 incidents of theft.
In San Francisco, Calif. there were 62 cases of assault.

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Woman pleads guilty to stealing 2000 library books

Woman pleads guilty to stealing library books
A San Diego County woman has pleaded guilty to stealing about 2,000 library books and DVDs to resell on the Amazon website. City News Service says she entered a plea Tuesday to felony burglary. She'll be sentenced to probation.

Andy Warhol's Assailant Defaced Library Book That She Wrote

From the City Room blog of the New York Times, a remembrance of how Warhol's shooter, Valerie Solanas defaced a copy of the library book called “S.C.U.M. (Society for Cutting Up Men) Manifesto” (lovely title!) that she herself had authored.

The opening sentence called on women to “overthrow the government, eliminate the money system, institute complete automation and destroy the male sex.” It was published in paperback; the library had its copy bound in hardback, to minimize the wear and tear, in mid-1976.

Wednesday (today) is the 25th anniversary of Warhol’s death after gall bladder surgery at what was then known as New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center, 19 years after Ms. Solanas opened fire and wounded him. She was angry because he had lost the manuscript of a play she had written — a play with an unprintable title that she wanted him to consider. More from the New York Times.

Yonkers library worker admits stealing $163,582, faces prison

Yonkers library worker admits stealing $163,582, faces prison
A former Yonkers library worker agreed Thursday to serve one to three years in state prison for stealing $163,582 out of the public library system over seven years.

She worked in the library’s business office and was responsible for collecting fines and other revenue from the three branches of the Yonkers Public Library System. She was also responsible for handing over the library’s revenue to the Yonkers Finance Department for deposit.

Librarian, infrared camera help catch wanted men

Librarian, infrared camera help catch wanted men

Authorities in central Nebraska used a helicopter with an infrared camera to track a fugitive, and found another wanted man in a public library in Minden after a high-speed chase in which shots were fired at a state trooper's cruiser, the Nebraska State Patrol said Saturday.

MA library worker arrested on child porn charges

Newton library worker arrested on child porn charges

A Newton library worker was arrested on child pornography charges on Tuesday.

Authorities searched the suspect’s home in Newton on Tuesday. Court papers say video files of child pornography were found on his lap top computer, as well as approximately 21 images.

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Pelham NH to Hold Library Director's Job While He's Incarcerated

Strange but true...librarian convicted for major theft in one state, Massachusetts, will return to his more recent position in another, New Hampshire after his sentence has been served.

Robert Rice Jr., 46, was sentenced yesterday to six months behind bars for stealing more than $200,000 when he was the director of Revere Public Library.

Rice was sentenced in Superior Court in Boston on 18 felony charges for taking money from 2005 to 2009, according to the Suffolk County District Attorney's Office.

Rice pleaded guilty to fraud and embezzlement charges as part of a plea bargain. He bought numerous items under the pretense they were for the Revere library, but then kept or sold them.

Shortly after resigning in 2009 while under fire in Revere, Rice took the position in Pelham.

Francis Garboski, chairman of the Pelham Library trustees, said yesterday Rice's job is still safe.

"His position will be held until he gets back," Garboski said. "The decision is up to him when he wants to come back."

Library Director Resigns

Library Director David Farrar has resigned

East Baton Rouge Parish library director David Farrar resigned Thursday, saying in an email to library board members and staff that the “negative focus on the library system over the past several days has made the work of the library a difficult task.”

His tenure came to an end amid revelations of a 15-year-old case in Alabama in which he was accused of sexual abuse and impersonating a peace officer. He was acquitted of the sexual abuse charges but convicted on the impersonating charge, for which he received a three-year suspended sentence. -- Read More

Former library employee accused of stealing $800K

Former Saugus library employee accused of stealing $800K
A Saugus secretary was booked today by the FBI on charges she stole $800,000 from her town’s public library — half of which, investigators allege, she tricked General Electric’s charitable foundation into donating — and blew the money on jewelry and car and mortage payments

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