Former tech CEO gets home confinement for bribing son’s way into Georgetown University

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A former technology executive was sentenced Monday to one year of home confinement for paying $300,000 to bribe his son’s way into Georgetown University as a tennis recruit, even though the son did not play tennis.

Peter Dameris, of Pacific Palisades, California, appeared before a Boston federal court judge via video because of the coronavirus pandemic. He pleaded guilty in June to one count of conspiracy to commit mail fraud and honest services mail fraud. His sentence also included a $95,000 fine and three years of supervised release.

Prosecutors had recommended a sentence of 21 months of home confinement along with a fine of $95,000. Dameris’ lawyers asked for probation only, saying he deserved leniency to help care for a son who has leukemia.

U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns said he took the medical considerations into account in the sentence, along with an “outpouring” of support from friends and family members who submitted letters to the court.

“I really feel for your family, and I understand your anguish,” Stearns told Dameris. “You have lived a good life, and I believe you deserve some reward for that.”

Speaking through tears, Dameris said he regrets his involvement in the scheme and takes full responsibility.

“I am enormously remorseful for the actions that have brought me before you today,” Dameris said. “My life’s sentence is, I am burdened with the memories of what I’ve done that has hurt my family and others.”

Dameris, the former CEO of technology services company ASGN, joins dozens of parents and college coaches who have pleaded guilty in a sweeping nationwide college admissions scandal.

Prosecutors say Dameris agreed in 2015 to funnel the money through a sham charity set up by Rick Singer, the alleged ringleader of the scheme. Singer steered roughly half of the money to Georgetown’s


Georgetown University football player arrested and charged with murder

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Sheriff’s deputies and federal agents arrested a Georgetown University football player in Georgia on a murder charge out of Washington, D.C., authorities said Tuesday.

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The man, Dijon Williams, a senior wide receiver for the Hoyas, was picked up Monday afternoon in Lawrenceville, Georgia, by a team of Gwinnett County sheriff’s deputies and U.S. Marshals, federal authorities said.


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The Marshals Service A warrant for Williams’ arrest was received by on Thursday, and agents found him at an address on Herrington Road, where they made the arrest, officials said.

Williams, 21, a Georgia native, attended Miller Grove High School, which is about 25 miles south of Lawrenceville, a suburb of Atlanta.

Williams was arrested in connection with the slaying of Nurudeen Thomas on July 21 near the corner of 14th and Taylor streets NW, Washington police spokesman Sean Hickman said Tuesday.

Thomas, 30, listed homes in nearby Greenbelt, Maryland, and on the block where he was found fatally wounded shortly after 5 a.m., police said. The crime scene is about 6 miles from Georgetown University.

It wasn’t immediately clear Tuesday whether Williams had hired or been assigned a defense lawyer while he’s in marshals’ custody awaiting extradition.

Williams, a wide receiver, has been suspended from the football team.

“Georgetown University became aware of charges against Dijon Williams yesterday evening,” university spokeswoman Ruth McBain said in a statement Tuesday. “While we are working to learn more information, we will cooperate fully with any investigation and we stand prepared to offer resources to members of our community who may be affected by this news.”

Almost all Georgetown students are taking their classes remotely this semester because of the coronavirus pandemic.

The university’s team plays in the Football Championship Subdivision, the second tier of college football. The Hoyas


Georgetown University Football Player Arrested, Charged with Murder

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Georgetown University football player Dijon Williams was arrested this week in relation to a homicide in Washington, D.C., in July.

Williams, 21, was arrested in Atlanta on Monday by the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force, a D.C. Metropolitan Police Department spokesperson tells PEOPLE.

The college senior is awaiting extradition to Washington, D.C., “for his role in the homicide of Nurudeen Thomas, which occurred on July 21, 2020,” the spokesperson says.

Thomas was reportedly shot in the hip on July 21 and was taken to a hospital where he died, The Washington Post reports.

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The U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.

The wide receiver has been suspended from the Georgetown football team, ESPN reported.

″Georgetown University became aware of charges against Dijon Williams this evening,″ Georgetown said in a statement Monday, per ESPN. ″While we are working to learn more information, we will cooperate fully with any investigation and we stand prepared to offer resources to members of our community who may be affected by this news. At this time, there are no indications that the alleged crime took place near the University.”

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Williams attended Miller Grove High School in Georgia — where he was also on the track team — before heading to Georgetown. He played in 10 games as a freshman and five during his junior year, though he was out his entire sophomore season due