Ex-Sheriff David Clarke told to revise thesis or risk losing degree

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke speaks during the opening day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, on July 18, 2017.


MILWAUKEE -- Former Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke has been told to revise his master's thesis or the Naval Postgraduate School will begin the process of rescinding his degree. 

Clarke was accused of plagiarism in May after CNN reported that he failed to properly attribute sources at least 47 times in his 2013 thesis. Clarke denied committing plagiarism.

A July letter published Friday by CNN shows the school found a violation and gave Clarke 100 days to make revisions. The letter from Cmdr. Paul Rasmussen, dean of students, says the violation was "not a result of any intentional deception."

It's not clear if Clarke has made revisions.

The Associated Press sent a message seeking comment to Clarke's office Friday. 

Clarke resigned as sheriff at the end of August. In a statement, Clarke said he was leaving "to pursue other opportunities."   

Clarke announced this month that he would join a political action committee supporting President Trump. He had said in May that he was offered a job with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. But the job never materialized. 

Shortly before Clarke's resignation, Mr. Trump tweeted praise of Clarke's book, saying he "highly recommended" it.