An Ohio University supervisor is accused of tipping off an employee that he was under investigation for stealing and selling human bones from the school’s osteopathic-medicine lab.
Jerry A. Reed, 49, of Bremen, Ohio, was indicted in Athens County Common Pleas Court on Monday on a charge of obstruction of justice.
Ohio University has placed Reed on paid leave from his position as director of medical informatics at the Ohio University Heritage College of Osteopathic Medicine.
The charge alleges that Reed told Weston Henri Moquin that he was suspected of stealing and selling the bones and human remains from the lab, said Athens County Prosecutor Keller Blackburn. Athens and Ohio University police, along with the FBI, investigated the case.
Moquin, 28, a former OU lab assistant, recently pleaded guilty in U.S. District Court in Columbus to stealing and selling the items to out-of-state bone dealers between July 2011 and June 2012.
Moquin made $84,684 through his sales. The items included a fetus, two skulls and two shoulders, according to court records. The bones and other remains were used by students as part of their studies.
Reed is not accused of participating in Moquin’s scheme, Blackburn said.
“We were waiting for the U.S. attorney to finish with Mr. Moquin before proceeding with this case,” Blackburn said.
By Jim Woods - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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