Daniel Amick, a Loyola University Chicago professor, admits he stole artifacts from archaeological site
March 2, 2011
A Loyola University Chicago professor will serve a year's probation for his part in a scheme to plunder artifacts from an archaeological site in New Mexico, the U.S. attorney's office there said in a statement Tuesday.
Daniel Amick pleaded guilty Friday to violating the Archaeological Resources Protection Act, admitting to removing 17 artifacts, including arrowheads, from public lands on two field trips to New Mexico, according to the statement by Kenneth Gonzales, U.S. attorney for the District of New Mexico.
As part of the agreement, Amick pledged to return the artifacts and help investigators track down others still missing in a long-term scheme under investigation by the Bureau of Land Management. If Amick adheres to the terms of his probation, the judge in the case has agreed to drop the charge, Amick's attorney said.
"The judge is saying that Dr. Amick made a mistake. Because it was associated with research … he agreed to drop the charges," federal criminal defense attorney Douglas McNabb said. "He won't have a record."