The attorney for Mark Riddell, the suspended IMG Academy director who allegedly took exams for students in the college admissions cheating scandal, has released a statement on behalf of his client. In the statement, Riddell apologizes for the damage he has caused as a result of his actions. He also denies bribing anyone and says he regrets the choices he made.
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Stechschulte Nell, Attorneys at Law released the following statement on Wednesday:
"I want to communicate to everyone that I am profoundly sorry for the damage I have done and grief I have caused those as a result of my needless actions. I understand how my actions contributed to a loss of trust in the college admissions process.
I assume full responsibility for what I have done. I do, however, want to clarify an assertion that has arisen in the media coverage. I absolutely, unequivocally never bribed anyone, nor has the Information filed by the U.S. Attorney's Office charged me with any form of bribery.
I will always regret the choices I made, but I also believe that the more than one thousand students I legitimately counseled, inspired, and helped reach their goals in my career will paint a more complete picture of the person I truly am.
I will not be making any further public comments on the matter."
IMG Academy also released a statement in response to the incident:
After learning yesterday of the allegations against Mark Riddell as part of a larger criminal investigation, we suspended Mr. Riddell indefinitely. With the current information at hand, we have no reason to believe this alleged misconduct extends beyond Mr. Riddell, nor do we believe that these actions have any direct relation to Academy students, parents, or staff.