The Monmouth College Courier has learned that negotiations are nearing completion in the controversial case involving the removal of images of the baby Jesus and other nativity figures from the Monmouth public square last month.
A source at the State’s Attorney office has confirmed that the five Monmouth College students arrested for stealing the figures have been told that in lieu of filing criminal charges, the State’s Attorney has recommended that the students enter the County Diversion Program which involves working in community service projects for a specified period of time. If the students accept the offer, no criminal charges will be filed.
The nativity figures were removed from the town square and placed in the yard of the residence of the college president on the night of December 12th. The figures were later returned to the town square undamaged.