ATLANTA, Ga -- A former postal worker has been indicted on charges that he dumped more than 4,000 pieces of mail into the woods.

Thomas Beaurem, 25, was arraigned on Monday after being indicted on a charge of unlawfully delaying and destroying mail. He pled not guilty.

On Oct. 18, the U.S. Post Office said it was alerted that a large quantity of mail had been dumped into a wooded area in Decatur. Post office investigators found about 4,500 pieces of mail, some with cancelation dates as early as Oct. 5. Some of the correspondence was too badly damaged to deliver.

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The indictment says that Beaurem was responsible for the delivery of the recovered items.

The mail that was in deliverable condition has since been delivered to its recipients.

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