The former supervisor of a job training program for the D.C. Department of Employment Services pleaded guilty yesterday to conspiring to defraud the city government by using District money to help buy more than $4,000 worth of electrical fixtures for his own use.
In addition, Clarence B. Wade Jr., 31, of New York, pleaded guilty to taking indecent liberties with a 9-year-old girl last May.
U.S. District Judge Charles R. Richey scheduled Wade's sentencing for Feb. 28, the same date as that previously set for Dwayne E. Moore, the former chief of the department's support services unit, who pleaded guilty last month to the same conspiracy charge.
Wade and Moore each face up to five years' imprisonment and a $10,000 fine on the conspiracy charge, while Wade could receive 10 more years for the sex offense.
Crystal J. Willis, formerly the department's chief fiscal officer, pleaded guilty to second-degree fraud in the case and faces up to three years in prison and a fine of nearly $20,000.
During yesterday's hearing, Richey asked Wade why he committed the offenses.
"Stupidity," Wade replied. "I wish I could honestly give you an answer."
Richey allowed Wade, now the superintendent of a 100-unit apartment building in New York, to remain free pending sentencing, but ordered him to immediately seek psychiatric treatment.