- Associated Press - Friday, January 23, 2015

WASHINGTON (AP) - A former American University department head accused of setting several small fires and breaking into a building near campus has taken a plea deal.

Prosecutors say 38-year-old David Pitts of Washington pleaded guilty Friday to charges of burglary and identity theft. Prosecutors say he faces up to 15 years in prison on the burglary charge and up to 10 years for identity theft. Sentencing is set for March 20.

Prosecutors say that on Sept. 4, 2014, Pitts set several small fires near campus before entering an office complex with the intent to steal prescription medications.

Pitts had been chairman of AU’s Department of Public Administration and Policy but was put on leave after his arrest. The school says he remains on leave. Pitts’ attorney declined comment when reached Friday.

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