OU Lab Worker Sentenced to Prison for Stealing and Selling Bones

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSAZ) -- An Athens County man is headed to prison for stealing and selling human bones from the Ohio University anatomy lab where he worked.

Weston Henri Moquin, 29, was sentenced in US District Court to 15 months in prison. He will also serve two years supervised release.

In January, Moquin pleaded guilty to one count of interstate transportation of stolen property and one count of theft from a program receiving federal funds.

He stole materials used as teaching aids at Ohio University between July 2011 and June 2012. The materials included loose human bones, skulls, skeletons, plastinated human remains, autopsy saws and other materials that had been purchased by the university. He then sold the items from his eBay account and shipped them to customers in California, Utah and Oregon.

"While the general public would have been uncomfortable with keeping and packaging human remains, defendant's experience became his 'special skill' that facilitated the theft," Assistant U.S. Attorney Deborah Solove told the court. "The university representatives were shocked to learn of the thefts - the very nature of the material made the items an unlikely target for theft, except for someone like defendant Moquin."

Moquin was also ordered to pay $78,018 in restitution to the university. "The university also spent countless man hours to update the tracking system to prevent such a theft in the future," Solove wrote.

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