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Wright to be sentenced soon

November 4, 2011

Former head resident faces felony drug charges

Monmouth College senior Andrew Wright was arrested on Sept. 30 at his residence in North Hall where he served as head resident.

According to police records obtained from the Warren County Circuit Clerk’s office, police arrested Wright on one charge of unlawful possession of a controlled substance, less than 15 grams of a substance containing amphetamine, one charge of unlawful possession of cannabis, having more than 10 but less than 30 grams and one charge of unlawful possession of cannabis with intent to deliver, with more than 10 but less than 30 grams. Initial requests for information made to the City of Monmouth police department under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act were denied.

Bail bond was set at $5,000 and Wright waived his right to a court-ordered attorney, opting instead to hire a private attorney.

Following his arrest, Wright posted bail on Oct. 3 and attended a preliminary hearing to view charges on Oct. 25, where he was found guilty of all three charges.

While the Monmouth College Office of Residence Life refused to comment on the circumstances of Wright’s arrest to avoid violating the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Dean Jacquelyn Condon explained the process of arresting a Monmouth College student.

“Typically a member of the residence staff alerts campus security of suspicious activity, which security needs to investigate,” said Condon. “Campus security cannot file charges so they contact the police, and the police decide whether or not to arrest. Usually when a residence staff member is arrested, it is because something happens that draws attention from another staff member.”

Condon did not comment on Wright’s identity or current location. However, he is no longer listed in the Monmouth College online contact directory. Senior Brooke Anderson now holds the position of North Hall head resident. In his court records, Wright requested permission to leave Illinois to attend school at the University of Iowa.

“When a student finds him or herself in a serious situation,” Condon said, “it’s a sad time for the college. No matter the circumstances, we always want good things for our students.”

Because the unlawful possession of a controlled substance is defined as a class 2 felony, Wright may receive a maximum fine of $200,000. He is set to appear in court again on Nov. 22 to receive sentencing.

Cassie Burton
Staff Writer

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