Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Rapport pleads guilty

Former Ketchum official jailed on burglary charge

Express Staff Writer

Gary Rapport

Gary Rapport has pleaded guilty to an 11-year-old California felony burglary charge that led to his demise as executive director of the Ketchum Community Development Corp.

A press release from the Ketchum Police Department states that Rapport pleaded guilty to the charge on Oct. 21 in Orange County, Calif. Rapport requested immediate sentencing and was ordered to spend 180 days in jail. He was given credit for 106 days already spent behind bars and 52 days for good conduct.

Rapport was also placed on three years probation. Provisions of his sentencing allow that the conviction can be reduced to a misdemeanor if Rapport pays restitution and successfully meets the terms of his probation.

Rapport was convicted of stealing an undisclosed amount of money in June 1997 from his former employer, Leisure World Market in Seal Beach, Calif. An arrest warrant was issued for Rapport in 2002 when he allegedly failed to appear for a court hearing on the charge.

The burglary charge finally caught up with Rapport in July. After serving only about two months as head for the Community Development Corp., Rapport resigned on July 8 after board members learned of the arrest warrant. He was arrested at his home later that day by Ketchum police.

Rapport remained incarcerated in Blaine County Jail until he was extradited to California on Oct. 2.

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