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."