Retired Effigy Mounds Superintendent Appears in Court for Stealing

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (AP) – A long-retired National Park Service superintendent has appeared in court to face a charge of stealing ancient Native American remains from a museum collection that he managed in Clayton and Allamakee counties

Former Effigy Mounds National Monument superintendent Thomas Munson allegedly concealed human remains in the possession of the United States between 1990 and 2012. Munson was released pending further proceedings after an arraignment hearing Wednesday afternoon. He declined comment as he left the federal courthouse in Cedar Rapids.

Prosecutors said that they have reached a plea agreement with the 76-year-old resident of Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Under the agreement, Munson is expected to plead guilty to embezzlement of government property at a later date. Federal prosecutors said that they charged the case as a misdemeanor, which is reserved for thefts in which the value of items taken is under $1,000.

Details of the plea deal haven’t been released.