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Post date: March 16 2006

Former Jericho High School Assistant Principal

Attorney General Spitzer today announced that a former Assistant Principal at Jericho High School has pleaded guilty to taking last Spring's New York State Regents History Exam, as well as the answers, and giving them to his high school-aged son, a student in a neighboring district.

Isben Jeudy pleaded guilty Monday before Judge Sondra Padres of the Nassau District Court to the crime of Official Misconduct, a Class A misdemeanor, which carries a maximum sentence of one year in jail and a $1,000 fine. He will be sentenced on May 15, 2006.

During the administration of the June 2005 Regents, Jeudy, then Assistant Principal at Jericho High School in Nassau County, had exclusive responsibility for safeguarding the exam books and answers until each exam was over. Only when an exam had ended was it permissible to open the locked boxes in which the answers were stored and unseal the separately shrink-wrapped packets of exam books and answer keys.

On the morning of June 21, 2005, Jeudy's son was taking the Global History exam when school officials noticed that he had the correct answers to 35 questions written on his hand. A call was placed to Jericho High School, where officials directed Jeudy to unlock the box that had contained the Global History exams. When he did, they saw that the shrink wrap was broken and the answer keys were already unsealed.

The case was referred to the Attorney General's Office by the New York State Commissioner of Education Richard P. Mills. The Attorney General thanked Commissioner Mills and the New York State Education Department for its cooperation and assistance in the investigation

The was prosecuted by Assistant Attorneys Generals Lesley Brovner and Alvin Bragg, under the supervision Criminal Prosecutions Bureau Chief Janet Cohn and Deputy Chief Laurie Israel. Investigator Kevin McCann conducted the investigation, under the supervision of Deputy Chief Henry Lemons.