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."

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Really?

With all the good librarians out of work and looking for new positions, they're going to hold a job for a felon who stole from the library he worked for?

Makes me wonder if the library board is getting kickbacks.

Really.

Really? Really.

You got the Holyoke Public Library, Holyoke, MA, that keeps the library director that aided and abetted the child pornography viewer.

You got the Birmingham Public Library, Birmingham, AL, that keeps the library director who continues to allow pornography despite employee after employee filing EEOC and civil law suits for working in a sexually harassing work environment.

You got the Brooklyn Public Library, Brooklyn, NY, that keeps library director after library director who all defraud the federal government of CIPA funding.

You got the New York Public Library, New York, NY, that keeps the library director making way over half a million a year who drove the public library's car while drunk and crashed it. He had a 0.19% BAC. He's not just part of the 1%, he's part of the 0.19%. But we got to keep his job.

And so on and so on.

So really? Really.

Thank you.

Thank you.

re: really, really? really?

yes, there is a great conspiracy afoot to keep drunken pornographer felons in charge of the nation's libraries!

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