June 20, 2018
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Guilford woman pleads guilty of theft from HUGS parent group

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine — The former treasurer of the HUGS parent group, which was formed to help support SAD 4 elementary school programs, pleaded guilty this week to the theft of more than $1,000  from the organization.

Tessa Herrick, 31, of Guilford pleaded guilty in Piscataquis County Superior Court to Class D theft by unauthorized taking. A charge of Class C felony theft will be dismissed in a plea agreement. Her sentencing was continued until July.

Members of the nonprofit group, which is not part of the district’s school system, contacted school officials when they discovered that money was missing. An investigation conducted by the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department confirmed the theft.

Herrick since has made full restitution.

Others who pleaded guilty this week and will be sentenced later are:

Bil Weidner, 48, Dover-Foxcroft, three counts of violating a protective order and two counts of violating conditions of release.

Larry Pratt, 42, Corinth, unlawful possession of oxycodone and cultivating marijuana. A count of unlawful possession of scheduled drug and theft by unauthorized taking are expected to be dismissed as part of a plea agreement.

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