Tuesday, May 15, 2007
Former Los Alamos Archivist Pleads To Single Charge
By Felicia Fonseca/
A former archivist for a Los Alamos National Laboratory contractor pleaded guilty Tuesday to a single count of negligent handling of classified documents after taking work home.
Jessica Quintana, 23, entered her plea before U.S. Magistrate Lorenzo Garcia.
No sentencing date has been set.
Quintana's attorney, Stephen Aarons, said last week she had reached an agreement with federal prosecutors about the charge.
Police found the data on a portable computer storage drive and in about 200 pages of paper documents last October during a drug bust, aimed at a roommate, in Quintana's Los Alamos home.
The discovery renewed the furor over security problems at the nuclear weapons lab. The Department of Energy's inspector general called security "seriously flawed;'' the breach also became the subject of congressional hearings.
Lab officials have said none of the material was top secret and that it did not contain the most sensitive nuclear weapons information. Most was classified at the lowest levels and was 20 to 30 years old, they have said.
The drug bust involved Justin Stone, a self-described meth addict who was renting a room in Quintana's home. He pleaded guilty this spring to receiving stolen property and a probation violation, and was sentenced to five years' probation and ordered to a rehabilitation program.
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