It has been brought to my attention that some of information released by Education Bridgeport! between November 13th and 14th was inaccurate. [Education Bridgeport, 11/13/2013; 11/14/2013]

While Education Bridgeport! reported that Maria Pereira pled guilty to trover, violating a protective order and reckless burning, that was not, in fact, correct.  While it is true that Pereira was charged with trover, criminal mischief in the 1st degree, violating a protective order and reckless burning in 2005, she was not convicted nor did she plead guilty to any of these crimes.

Pereira pled guilty instead to three lesser crimes; criminal mischief in the 2nd degree, criminal trespassing in the 1st degree and violating the conditions of her release.  None of these offenses were felonies.

Further, in the November 14th article, I wrote that Pereira was given a suspended sentence which “would be terminated as long as Pereira received psychiatric treatment and took medication.” According to recent information I received, psychiatric treatment was not a condition of her suspended sentence.

Since discovering the factual errors, I have corrected both articles.

I want to express my apologies for publishing inaccurate information. The error was a sincere mistake based on my interpretation of public records which I believe reflected the most recent and accurate information available.  In the future, I will make sure to more thoroughly review and fact-check any material before publishing.

I would like to sincerely apologize to Ms. Pereira for this mistake.

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