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USPS employee pleads guilty after dumping 15,000 pieces of mail in DC sewer

A USPS employee is pleading guilty Wednesday after dumping mail into a catch basin in Northeast DC. (ABC7)

A former employee of the United States Post Service pleaded guilty in DC federal court Wednesday for dumping 15,000 pieces of US mail in a sewer system in Northeast Washington instead of delivering that mail to the proper addresses.

Christopher Newton, 23, had been charged with a misdemeanor.

According to court documents, Newton was a city carrier assistant for USPS when he committed the crime in May of 2016.

Newton dumped the mail in a storm drain at Douglas Street and Anacostia Avenue in Northeast, according to the court documents.

DC Water said it retrieved the mail-more than a dozen bags full-days later and handed it all off to the USPS Inspector General's office.

Newton faces a maximum sentence of six months in prison.

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