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Lawyer Says Youth Club Director Felt Guilt For Girl’s Drowning Death

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WATERBURY, Conn. (AP) _ The former head of the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Waterbury who has admitted stealing from the organization blames his actions on alcohol abuse that began after a girl drowned in the club’s pool four years ago.

The Republican American reports that Robert Generali’s lawyer has asked a judge to spare his client a lengthy term when he’s sentenced next month.

He pleaded guilty in February to theft, wire fraud and tax charges.

A federal investigation found that Generali created unauthorized club accounts to pay for thousands of dollars’ worth of high-end meals at an expensive restaurant.

It’s unclear how much money was stolen, which is partly why Generali’s sentencing has been delayed.

His lawyer says Generali committed most of the crimes over a sense of guilt for the drowning of the 5-year-old girl.
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Information from: Republican-American, http://www.rep-am.com

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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