Former Ohio U lab aid pleads guilty in bone thefts

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — A former lab assistant accused of stealing human bones used in teaching at Ohio University's medical college has pleaded guilty to federal charges.

Weston Henri Moquin (MOH'-kwihn) pleaded guilty Tuesday to moving stolen remains across state lines and stealing property from a federally funded agency. The 28-year-old Moquin agreed to pay nearly $85,000 in restitution.

Prosecutors say Moquin took skulls, loose bones, autopsy saws and other items between July 2011 and June 2012 and mainly sold them online.

Defense attorney Keith Yeazel (YAY'-zehl) says Moquin used various drugs and sold the bones to support his drug habit. He says Moquin is in a drug-treatment program in California and will return there until his sentencing date is scheduled.

He could face up to 10 years in prison for each count.

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