Judge Orders Music Booster Thief To Carry ‘I Stole From Kids’ Sign

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Aberdeen High School (credit:

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ABERDEEN, Wash. (CBS Seattle/AP) — A woman who pleaded guilty to embezzling more than $10,000 from the Aberdeen High School music boosters group has been sentenced to spend 10 days at a downtown intersection holding a sign saying, “I stole from kids.”

Sixty-four–year-old Charlotte A. Button also was sentenced last week to two months in jail.

The Daily World reports her lawyer is appealing the part of the sentence that requires her to stand on the corner with the sign.

The ruling is not unique. In March a Putnam County judge in Florida sentenced a teenage shoplifter to carry a sign reading “I Stole From A Local Store,” while in Orlando a 24-year-old woman was made to hold up a sign reading “I battered a police officer, I was wrong, I apologize” following an incident at a night club.

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