On Nov. 25, an elementary teacher in Ohio was arrested for her alleged involvement in federal drug crimes. The superintendent claimed that the Valley Forge Elementary employee was put on paid leave since the start of school year for unrelated reasons. According to the office of the attorney general, the 30-year-old teacher and an accomplice were charged with conspiracy to commit an offense, use of communication device in furtherance of a drug conspiracy and conspiracy to traffic in drugs.

The pair was also charged with intentionally or knowingly possessing, dispensing, distributing or manufacturing with intent to dispense and distribute or manufacturer schedule II and schedule IV controlled substances. Her accomplice is alleged to be 34 years old. The two individuals were are accused of fabricating and selling forged prescriptions of the painkiller Oxycodone, Vicodin and Percocet. The 30-year-old had been serving as a fourth and fifth grade teacher since 2008. It was just 22 days into the school year when the arrest occurred.

Once the superintendent reached notice of the federal charges from law enforcement, she completed an educator misconduct form and sent it to the state’s Department of Education. Local reports claim the teacher applied to be the coach for the basketball cheerleaders in high school, but resigned from the position before the school year started. The investigation was initiated when police detected the forged prescriptions in Miami Valley and Dayton. Police say the two people apprehended were the primary operators of the scheme.

People who have been accused of committing drug charges may benefit from obtaining a criminal defense lawyer. Legal counsel might be able to prevent the accused of making self-incriminating statements to the police. Lawyers may be able to investigate the charges and begin developing a defense strategy to help the accused overcome the charges by obtaining an acquittal, a dismissal or more lenient sentencing.

Source: WHIO, “Huber Heights elementary teacher arrested on drug charges“, Katherine Wright, November 26, 2014