FREEHOLD, N.J. (AP) — The former head of a New Jersey
county college who resigned amid allegations of financial irregularities has
pleaded guilty to misconduct and theft charges.
Peter Burnham, who stepped down in 2011 as president of Brookdale Community
College, faces up to five years in prison after entering his pleas Tuesday as
part of a deal with Monmouth County prosecutors.
The 68-year-old Burnham pleaded guilty to counts of official misconduct,
using his college credit card for personal use and depositing a $20,000 student
loan for his son into a personal bank account. As part of his plea deal, Burnham
must repay $24,000 to Brookdale and reimburse the student loan
Burnham had drawn scrutiny from officials over contract perks he received in
addition to his $216,000 salary.