Former employee pleas guilty to stealing from Vanderbilt University
Oct 9, 2012 05:55 PM
Jason Hunt was arrested earlier this year in his home state of Arkansas.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
On Tuesday, a former employee of Vanderbilt University and his domestic partner entered guilty pleas from stealing from the school.
Jason Hunt and Cole Wakefield were scheduled to go on trail early next month for multiple charges, including theft and credit card fraud, among others.
Hunt was taken into police custody earlier this year in Montgomery County, Arkansas on a charge he stole more than $500,000 from university's law school.
The university began its investigation into Hunt last October after it received information of possible misuse of law school funds.
After wrapping up its investigation, university officials contacted the district attorney general's office, which began its own investigation in late November.
Prior to his arrest, Hunt worked as an administrative services manager for the law school.
Authorities also discovered in their investigation the pair had sexual relations with two 17-year-old males.
Hunt was ultimately indicted on 60 counts ranging from theft and credit card fraud, to forgery and aggravated statutory rape. He has since pled guilty to 17 counts and will be sentenced to 22 years with a parole eligibility status of 30%
Wakefield was indicted on 19 counts, including theft, credit card fraud and aggravated statutory rape.
He pled guilty to six counts, for an effective sentence of 10 years at 30%.
Both men will be placed on the sex offender registry.
Today in court, Hunt pled guilty to a total of 17 counts, for an effective sentence of 22 years to serve, with a parole eligibility status of 30%.
He will also be placed on the sex offender registry.
Wakefield pled guilty to 6 counts, for an effective sentence of 10 years at 30%. He will also be placed on the sex offender registry.