Dr. Mohr's claim that his shoplifting offense is a
personal, private matter is a faulty one.
A personal, private matter is one that happens
in one's own home or that affects only the
individual involved and the individual's own
Shoplifting from a store open to the public is a
crime against the public.
Public resources are expended when the police
are called to make an arrest and any diversion
program offered to defendants is funded with
It is important to note that diversion programs are
available in a case where the defendant has a
clean arrest record but where the prosecution's
evidence will most likely result in a guilty verdict if
the case goes to trial.
Furthermore, the certification and renewal
processes of the State of Arizona require that the
applicant answer the following question:
"Have you ever been arrested for any offense for
which you were fingerprinted?"
If the answer is "yes," the applicant must attach a
full statement of the offense to the application.
This means that any arrest of an educator is a
The parents of the community deserve an apology
from Dr. Mohr.