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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                       
DATE: June 26, 2007                                                                                    

FORMER UNT PROFESSOR PLEADS GUILTY TO
PUBLIC CORRUPTION CHARGES

(Sherman, Texas)         A 63-year old former University of North Texas professor has pleaded guilty to federal public corruption charges in the Eastern District of Texas. 

DR. JAMES JARRETT GLASS admitted to the charges before United States Magistrate Judge Don D. Bush in court yesterday.

According to information presented in court, Glass was a tenured professor with the University of North Texas and served as Director of the University of North Texas's Survey Research Center (SRC) between 1993 and 2006, during which time he used the SRC's resources B specifically its computer-assisted telephone system, professional staff, and student employees B to perform research for his own private consulting companies.  Glass charged third parties over $328,000 for the work his private companies were performing using SRC resources, work that cost the University over $175,000.

Glass faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.00 as well as restitution to the University.  A sentencing hearing, to be held before United States District Judge Richard A. Schell, has not yet been scheduled.

Special agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation in partnership with the University of North Texas Police are investigating this case.  Assistant United States Attorney Shamoil T. Shipchandler is prosecuting the case.

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