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News - March 27, 2013

Former Menlo College student pleads no contest to theft

A former Menlo College student arrested for stealing backpacks at a neighboring school pleaded no contest to misdemeanor petty theft in San Mateo County Superior Court on Wednesday, March 20.

Raphael Daniel Bettan, 19, and another student were accused of taking computers and backpacks at Menlo School in November 2011. A judge sentenced him to one day in county jail with three years of probation, and ordered him to pay $706 for fines and restitution.

The other student, 20-year-old Ryan Alexander Goodman, pleaded guilty to grand theft in January 2012 and was sentenced to one day in county jail and two years of probation conditioned on completion of a substance abuse treatment program, according to the county district attorney's office.

Police said they found in the college students' dormitory two iPads and other electronic items believed to have been stolen.

Ironically, a former Menlo School assistant baseball coach who spotted the pair grabbing the backpacks was himself later charged with stealing iPads from the campus. Michael Taylor voluntarily confessed to the Atherton Police Department and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor petty theft. Mr. Taylor was sentenced to three days in county jail and 18 months of probation, and also ordered to pay $212 in restitution and court fees.

— Sandy Brundage

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