Disgraced NY college dean dead in apparent suicide

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Associated Press

Posted on November 6, 2012 at 6:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Nov 6 at 6:34 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — A law enforcement official says a disgraced dean of St. John's University accused of using students as personal servants has been found dead in her apartment in an apparent suicide.

The official says Cecilia Chang's body was discovered at about 7:30 a.m. Tuesday, a day after she testified in her own defense in her forced labor trial. Chang was the former dean of the Institute of Asian Studies. She was found hanged in her apartment.

In bizarre testimony, she admitted lying to federal officials and expensing personal items but denied stealing $1 million from the school.

The official was not authorized to speak publicly because Chang's family had not been formally notified and spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity. An autopsy would determine the cause of death.

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