Former UVa Law Student Pleads Guilty To Breaking Into Registrar's Office

Monday, August 6, 2012

A former University of Virginia law student pleaded guilty Friday in Charlottesville Circuit Court to breaking into the school’s registrar office in December to intercept a request for his transcript.

Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney Joe Platania submitted a written statement of facts to Judge Edward Hogshire for review.

“Gomes was conducting surveillance on the registrar’s office to determine their transcript printing/operating procedures. Gomes had a summer internship arranged with a large New York law firm,” according to the commonwealth’s evidence, which indicated that the firm was going to submit a transcript request on Dec. 8.

“Gomes was concerned about his actual grades being revealed and losing the internship since he had inaccurately reported his GPA. His goal was to intercept the transcript request.”

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