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Posted at 08:07 AM ET, 07/19/2012

Guilty plea for former Va. magistrate

PORTSMOUTH, Va. — Portsmouth’s former chief magistrate has pleaded guilty to malfeasance in office.

Loretta Reese was accused of divulging confidential information and having an illegal inspection sticker.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that the 53-year-old Reese pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge Tuesday in Portsmouth Circuit Court.

A grand jury indicted Reese earlier this month but the indictment was sealed until Tuesday. Prosecutors would not say what type of information Reese divulged.

The plea agreement required Reese to give up her position as magistrate. She resigned earlier this month after serving as Portsmouth’s chief magistrate for 10 years.

Under the agreement’s terms, she is to receive a six-month suspended jail sentenced, conditioned on a year of good behavior.

By the Associated Press  |  08:07 AM ET, 07/19/2012

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