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Snake house: Teacher pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge
Snake house: Teacher pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge

A Newport Beach school teacher arrested earlier this year on suspicion of hoarding and neglecting hundreds of snakes pleaded guilty Thursday to one misdemeanor charge of animal cruelty. In January, animal control officers found at least 400 snakes inside William Buchman's Santa Ana home, the Daily Pilot reported. About 240 of the non-venomous pythons were dead or died soon after being collected from the house, and more than 150 of the still-living snakes were malnourished, authorities said at the time. After Buchman's guilty plea, an Orange County Superior Court judge sentenced him to three years of probation and 100 hours of community service, according to online court records....

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